One of the most popular means by which The Catcher in the Rye is critiqued is through the comparison of Holden Caulfield to other literary characters.
It isn't just that society wants Holden to grow up; his own biological condition insists that he become an adult. Charles Kegel wrote that Holden will not submit to the phoniness of life, but will attain an attitude of tolerance, understanding, and love which will make his life endurable.I tried reading it again and it just didn't click the way it did that first time. A new social category, newly economically empowered and hungry for culture, was fed by music, films and novels. The people he admires all represent or protect innocence. It is continually implied by the presence of Holden's younger brother's spirit, even though Allie has been dead for about three years. He drinks, smokes, sees a prostitute, is punched by her pimp, goes on a date, has a strange encounter with a former teacher, spends a fair amount of time in the park, and really does not a great deal else. If they should come too close to the edge of the cliff, however, Holden is there to catch them. He has not published since the s, nor given an interview since the early s. Salinger's portrayal of Holden, which includes incidents of depression, nervous breakdown, impulsive spending, sexual exploration, vulgarity, and other erratic behavior, have all attributed to the controversial nature of the novel. Holden can't bear to see people with cheap luggage - it becomes a symbol of a society where money is all. Why people don't like it: Use of s New York vernacular Self-obsessed central character Too much whining Holden is Movies, on the other hand, are a medium he classifies as "phony. It's endearing at times, sad at others, but on the whole it makes him somewhat of an irritating character.
Holden can't bear to see people with cheap luggage - it becomes a symbol of a society where money is all. Salinger is now a recluse. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
Comin thro' the rye, poor body, Comin thro' the rye, She draigl't a' her petticoatie, Comin thro' the rye! New York: Odyssey P, The New Republic, Vol.
A lot of old friends ditched everything they ever were to be accepted by a bunch of people who had done the same, yielding to an imaginary pressure.