Catcher In The Rye Thoughts

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My Thought on Catcher in the Rye Catcher in the Rye is a classic novel by J.D Salinger which appealed to a great number of people and still continues today, as it was a hugely popular bestseller. The novel portrays a 17 year old teenager named Holden Caulfield, who is also the protagonist of the story, as he struggles to accept life’s changes. He is unwilling and somewhat afraid to let go of his childhood to become an adult, because he thinks the world around him, the people and his friend are all phony. He feels insecure and lonesome which is revealed through various areas in the book for instance when Holden says “Well – take me to the Edmont then," I said. "Would you care to stop on the way and join me for a cocktail? On me, I'm loaded."(60)…show more content…
Throughout various events in the novel, Holden asks several people the question “where the ducks go for the winter,” which symbolizes Holden’s own situation. The ducks themselves don’t really matter but it might simply symbolize his curiosity to know the world around him, or to know why world is the way it is. The pond itself being “partly frozen and partly not frozen” is a metaphor which represents Holden’s transition state from childhood to adulthood. Since no one is able to give him a solid answer or advice that is not phony according to Holden, he struggles his way into adulthood and is afraid to accept…show more content…
He is confused of life and doesn’t really want to grow up or accept the struggles in life. However there are times when Holden does enjoys himself for instance when he danced with old Phoebe or the time he saw Phoebe ride the carousel and was very happy. Out of all the characters, he seems to connect to Phoebe the most, because when he returned home early from Pencey Prep he was really excited to see Phoebe in her room, sleeping. Though they have minor arguments, in the end they still care for one another as it is portrayed through their

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