The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye, is perhaps too much the antihero to interest conservative English teachers. Possibly this is since of his attitude towards education; the fact the novel has been banned by various schools and colleges for its liberal usage of profanity and portrayal of sexuality; or his egotistical and depressed like.
Educators might believe he is a poor example due to the fact that he is malcontent, mad, fails classes such as history, sneaks around without his parents’ approval etc.
For many years, Holden has significantly become an icon for teenage rebellion; his abuse of alcohol and drugs which happens in the Wicker bar in New york city, violence towards his companions such as when he lashed out at his roommate Stradlater soon before his termination at Pencey Prep and his flirting with criminal behaviour all resonate with many teenagers.
He is far too much the student whom instructors dislike due to the fact that of his truancy, absence of application to research studies, he breaks too many guidelines and is mentally unclear, (evident when he locks himself inside Phoebe’s closet).
Potentially instructors do not desire students to get concepts about acting out, motivating them to go against authority and take the world head-on, by themselves, as Holden does. To me, that makes him the supreme hero. However society, (and instructors are a part of that) see this as the wrong method to live- for that reason dubbing him the antihero.
It is no surprise Holden is thought about an antihero: he is typically seen to do not have the traditional qualities that a hero would possess, such as intrepidity, selflessness, idealism, self-sacrifice and the desire to be successful at whatever with best shot. “I’m the most great liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the shop to buy a publication, even, I’m responsible to state I’m going to the opera. It’s dreadful.” That is however one example of his disrupted nature. He is perceived to have a typically unfavorable outlook towards life, caring only for his own wellness therefore being determined as an antihero.
Although, Holden is viewed as a hero by some, such as Phoebe. He has this completely sincere point of view, he is not afraid to see things for what they are. He expresses innermost thoughts and opinions we rarely allow ourselves to admit; disliking authority, admitting that many people are hypocritical which life pretty much dissatisfies us all. So in a sense, Holden is exceptional for this quality due to the fact that not a lot of us have the audacity to live our lives outside the parameters of acceptable society.
Salinger produces Holden Caulfield’s idiolect with all the colloquialisms and swearing which led to the book being banned and challenged in a wide variety of schools and colleges for worry that is glorifies delinquency and a psychopathic personality. It was originally disallowed due to its obscene language, sexual exploits and it was considered ‘inappropriate’ for adolescents. It was the most often prohibited novel in schools in between 1966-1975. It was gotten rid of from ‘necessary reading’ in numerous schools since it is centered around unfavorable activity, contained repulsive words and was thought about immoral. Catcher In The Rye has been extremely slammed for its cynical tone, “un-American” content and use of linguistics.
Holden’s teenage life is filled with contradiction. He is self-indulgent, cynical and judgmental yet he is considerate, lonely and yearning for earnest interaction and relationships in the adult world. The only person he appears to be able to communicate with on a somewhat civil, comprehending level is his ten-year-old diarist sis, Phoebe. Holden praises his more youthful sis Phoebe to no end. He ensures us “she’s the smartest kid ever, a terrific dancer, emotional, funny.” “She constantly knows what you’re discussing. She can discriminate in between a good movie and a bad one. She listens.” Upon conference Phoebe, she is all of what Holden makes her out to be, yet very much a ten-year-old. It is his sincere relationship with Phoebe which highlights that, while Holden Caulfield may appear egotistical and depressed, he is capable of sensitivity towards others.
Holden Caulfield is an interesting, struggling, practical adolescent, nevertheless, many English instructors might object to his mindset to school, his language and his self-absorbtion. Despite this, Catcher in The Rye is still an American classic.