Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Alienation as a Form of Self-Protection Throughout the novel, Holden seems to be excluded from and victimized by the world around him. As he says to Mr.
The innocence of children and their world of understanding is the major concern for the protagonist Holden.
He wants to protect the virtue of goodness of kids. He idealizes himself catching the children who would come to play in the rye field from falling from the cliff.
Here catching the children means saving their innocence for Holden. Holden hates the adult world where all are corrupted and the virtues are lost. The people he loves and cares most represent innocence. He always takes Jane as the girl whom he used to play games during childhood.
He never sees in her a maturing woman and a growing girl. They often hold hands, but Holden says that he never had sex with her. However, he suspects she might be the subject of sex by stepfather or by Ward.
What is important for him is her purity and innocence which he wants to save. Death is another significant theme in the novel. He has been dead for three years. When Holden thinks that he will die soon or disappear soon, he speaks to the dead Allie. The thought of Allie haunts him in the rainy cemetery.
For him death is just the fluctuation of time. The destroyer time has taken his loving brother. He has a strong desire that everything, especially the beauties of the world like innocence, love, virtue, sincerity, faith etc.
He aspires to be the catcher in the rye to hold the children from falling off the cliff of old age, death and the phonies of the world. He rejects the life and its natural change that occurs. He loves the Museum of Natural History since "everything stayed right where it was.
He fears the old age and death. His fear and lack of capability to cope with the growing change and the society leads him to extreme frustration and madness. For him the fake people and the fake society all are phonies.
He wants sincere and true behaviors from the people, but when he gets the opposite he hates them. He describes his principal as a "phony slob.
They feature "some hot shot guy on a horse" performing horse-riding feats. Holden mockingly says he has never seen a horse at Pencey. For Holden, the school is representative of a corrupt system planned by adults and catering for boys who want to join their ranks.
Her phony-sounding conversation with an acquaintance vexes him and contributes to the dreadful end of the date.
This tendency may either lead Holden to greatness or destroy the young man. Holden always doubts the authority figures. This is another vital theme of The Catcher in the Rye.Melissa Kelly has a master's degree in secondary education and over 15 years of experience in the classroom.
She is the author of four books. This novel has moved up to the top ten of the most frequently challenged books () according to the ALA. Sherman Alexie writes from his own personal. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Catcher in the Rye, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
Phoniness Holden constantly encounters people and situations that strike him as "phony," a word he applies to anything hypocritical, shallow, . Themes in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger is one and only novel by the great author in which he embedded many themes that would help us to understand the characters and their worlds.
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Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger has had a lasting influence as it remains both a bestseller and a frequently challenged book.
Numerous works in popular culture have referenced the novel. Factors contributing to the novel's mystique and impact include its portrayal of protagonist Holden Caulfield; its tone of sincerity; its themes of familial neglect, tension between.
The Catcher in the Rye - The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J.D. Salinger. It is narrated by Holden Caulfield, a cynical teenager who recently got expelled from his fourth school.