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Holden might see some romance in suicide and some comfort in the idea that it ends internal pain, but death does seem worse, the ultimate loneliness. He seen the effects of death on the living as well. He thus cannot do to Phoebe what Allie has done to them already.
Sixteen years old. Six feet two with a shock of gray hair. Very immature but can act older than his age. (But no one
notices.) Our narrator. Loves children. Hates phonys.
The Allied invasion of Normandy, June 6, 6999. J. D. Salinger was part of the second wave attacking Utah Beach. By Robert F. Sargent/Bettmann/Corbis digital colorization by Lorna Clark.
Although . Salinger has written many short stories, The Catcher in the Rye is Salinger s only novel and his most notable work, earning him great fame and admiration as a writer and sparking many high school students interest in great literature. The protagonist s adventures and concerns about phony people engage readers and old.
Authority does not seem related to wisdom, either. Adults tell Holden to find direction and thus stability, but he views such advice as both suspicious and naïve playing such a game is inauthentic. Going his own way autonomously, as a law unto himself, does not work out so well either, so it is unclear where Holden might find legitimate authority.
He plods on, only sure that he must gradually wean himself away from Phoebe so that she gets used to losing him forever--and so that he gets used to being away from her. Though Holden needs closeness and love in order to renew his life, he keeps driving himself further away from it in order to avoid the inevitable loss. The more he wants to experience life, the more antisocial he becomes and the more he imagines death. This paradox is part of Holden’s life: there is pain in shutting down one s feelings, and there is pain in the risk of opening oneself up again. He impossibly tries to avoid pains that are inevitable for human mortals while they live.
'The song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye” asks if it is wrong for two people to have a romantic encounter out in the fields, away from the public eye, even if they don’t plan to have a commitment to one another.'
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WE never really find out much about Holden's parents. Holden seems to be isolated from them. They have money to put him in an expensive boarding school but it doesn't seem they take a direct interest in his life. They would probably be upset that.
“Holden Caulfield, the ‘catcher in the rye’, failed in his desire to help others because he, although sympathetic and charitable, suffered from the over-critical eye of youth.” Discuss.
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Holden is full of contempt for the prep school, but he looks for a way to &ldquo say goodbye&rdquo to it. He fondly remembers throwing a football with friends even after it grew dark outside. Holden walks away from the game to go say goodbye to Mr. Spencer, a former history teacher who is very old and ill with the flu. He sprints to Spencer&rsquo s house, but since he is a heavy smoker, he has to stop to catch his breath at the main gate. At the door, Spencer&rsquo s wife greets Holden warmly, and he goes in to see his teacher.