A boy going through the age of puberty, not knowing what he is doing or where he is headed, in a world in which he feels he does not belong in, and feels he is always around a bunch of “phonies.” This would explain the position of Holden Caulfield, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye (1951) written by J.D. Salinger. The book, all told by Holden in very first person, in its very special and funny design, has to do with Holden, and all the troubles he has encountered through school, household, buddies, and essentially life.
Holden has been expelled from a private school in Pennsylvania because of failing classes, and chooses to go to New York for 3 days before going house to his dissatisfied parents. At the start of the unique, Holden appears to be like any other 16-year-old young man. But the novel gradually displays through different examples of importance that Holden has lots of issues handling the world around him.
Holden likes to recollect about his youth and visiting the Museum of Natural History in Central Park. He enjoyed to go to the museum, for numerous factors, and he even stated that he got really pleased when he thought about the museum. He tells us of the symbolic information in the museum, by saying, “The very best thing, though because museum was that whatever constantly stayed right where it was. Nobody ‘d move. Nobody ‘d be various. The only thing that would be various would be you”( 121 ). Holden likes this type of world, and wants that he lived in it. He wants things would stay unchanged and easy. Holden is almost terrified by modification, and can’t handle the disputes in his life. Another extremely symbolic example in the book is the title itself. On the first night of his three-night adventure, Holden chooses to sneak into his home and visit his sister, Phoebe, who he adores very much. Phoebe asks Holden what he wish to finish with his life. Holden considers the concern and tells Phoebe about the poem, “Comin’ Through The Rye” by Robert Burns. He tells Phoebe,” I keep envisioning all these youngsters playing some video game in this huge field of rye and all.
Countless youngsters, and no one’s around– nobody big, I mean– except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some insane cliff. What I need to do, I have to capture everyone if they begin to go over the cliff– I imply if they’re running and they wear’ look where they’re going I have to come out from someplace and capture them. That’s all I ‘d do all the time. I ‘d just be the catcher in the rye and all”( 173 ). He desires to conserve the kids of their innocence, and protect them from the adult world. This suggests Holden’s insecurity of the world in which he lives in, and his disgust with becoming a grownup.
Holden is a really special person. He believes he is different than everybody else he satisfies, and he fasts to mention how fake everybody else is. While in New York, Holden purchases a red searching hat. It was a very odd hat to break in public, especially at a prep school, and the other kids were constantly offering him a difficult time for using it. Holden describes it, “It was this red hunting hat, with among those extremely, long peaks. It only cost me a buck.
The way I used it, I swung the old peak way around to the back– very corny, I’ll confess, however I liked it that method”( 18 ). Holden is constantly happy that he is different than everybody around him, and he sees that hat as a part of his independence. He always likes to think that he is not a “fake” himself, and will do anything possible to demonstrate how various he is than all the other “phonies.” Another thing Holden likes to recollect is the lagoon in Central Park, and the ducks that inhabited it. He considers,” I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got house, and if it was, where did the ducks go. I was questioning where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over”( 13 ). Knowing it or not, Holden is curious about the ducks in the lagoon, since he himself does not know where he is going, or how he is going to get there. He has actually been tossed out of numerous schools, and he requires a scapegoat such as the lagoon freezing over in order to find out where it is he is going.
Holden shows the reader how disgusted and disrupted he is by this adult world in which he is turning into. He wants to remain young, and keep whatever basic, and to keep away from all the “phonies” out there. After recalling all the people he has met, and admitting how sick he is, Holden realizes that he is just as bogus as everybody else. He ends the story, adding,” Do not ever inform any person anything. If you do, you start missing everybody”( 214 ).