• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Analysis on the Relevance of J.D. Salingers The Catcher in the Rye in Modern Times

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Holden in Real Life: An Analysis on the Relevance of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in Modern Times It's highly intriguing that years after it's publishing, The Catcher in the Rye remains such an intriguing novel to teachers, students, and the general population alike. Yet through analyzing the main themes of the book, one can deduce that although the slang and fashion might be outdated, The Catcher in the Rye is still relatable and relevant. This can be primarily attributed to the constant theme of teenage angst and desire for rebellion, a common feeling spurred amongst the young for decades. The book also remains relevant because of the history behind the book as well as the culture it has created. Regardless of opinions however, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, although written half a century ago, maintains relevance in this time as a coming of age novel that opens perspectives and boldly exposes themes that were once tabooed in the American society. ...read more.

Middle

Holden seems to despise his environment, mocking others as phonies and criticizing actions and events everywhere. Says Holden about a friend of Sally's, "[...] he went to Andover. Big, big deal...He was the kind of a phony that have to give themselves room when they answer somebody's question." (Salinger 165) This is parallel to the infamous teenage stereotype of rebellion and disobedience, as youth today are perceived as arrogant and wanting to create their own rules. The novel provokes emotion within the reader because they are finally able to connect with someone on that level. On that note, the book also connects with a teenager's insecurities and self-evaluation, proven by its usage by other authors. An example of this would be the novel King Dork, in which the main character Tom criticizes his school for lauding The Catcher in the Rye when it really isn't that special. ...read more.

Conclusion

When arrested, Chapman was clutching a copy of The Catcher in the Rye, and wrote inside, "This is my statement" (Ball). In an interview, Chapman stated he "[...] was literally living inside...The Catcher in the Rye" (Chapman). While Chapman was institutionalized, and the connection he made from the book to the murder has yet to be determined, the mystery of the book's inspiration for murder still intrigues people (Ball). In conclusion, The Catcher in the Rye still captures interest from readers today because the message of teenage angst and growth is timeless. The novel is able to effectively portray a teenager's rebellious nature and rejection of society that masks uncertainty of one's own self. It also has a sense of mystery surrounding it, as inspired one of the most well known murders of the 20th century. J.D. Salinger captivates readers because the novel lacks the stereotypical sugar coating of a young adult novel; it gives a true perspective on the trouble of being a teenager and exposes a whole new realm that people can appreciate. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level J.D. Salinger section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level J.D. Salinger essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss the view that in "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" and "Catcher in ...

    4 star(s)

    that he is only acting this way to expose the other boy's phoniness, which in turn shows himself to be a phoney as well At the beginning of the novel Holden also admits to being 'the most terrific liar' so therefore his reliability as a narrator is reduced.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Critical Essay: 'The Catcher In the Rye' ...

    3 star(s)

    This illustrates how Holden wants to be a catcher in the rye. He pictures children playing innocently in a field of rye, high upon a cliff but eventually the children become adults and fall off the cliff. Holden uses a metaphor here to compare adulthood with falling off a cliff

  1. Peer reviewed

    'Holden's quest is an impossible one; it is a quest for the preservation of ...

    4 star(s)

    Thus, Holden has no role model, no adult to look up to as an example of decency in the world. This is one of the reasons why he wants to retreat into and preserve the safe, familiar world of childhood innocence.

  2. Holden’s quest in “the catcher in the rye” is a search for his identity.

    whereas Holden's aspect on life is completely independent of everyone else around him this non-conformity adds further to another major factor in the novel, Holden's narration. Holden makes sweeping statements and huge generalisations "all those ivy league bastards look alike".

  1. Holden Caulfield: Protector of Innocence In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.

    When one of the children, in his merriment, draws close to the cliff's edge, someone has to catch him before he falls. When Phoebe, Holden's younger sister, asks Holden what he wants to be, he responds, "I'd just be the catcher in the rye..."

  2. Catcher in the Rye: Close Reading

    Salinger's use of diction in the scene is brilliant; the scene seems so real in the sense that it seems that Holden is sitting next to you telling you the story face to face. Salinger wisely chooses to keep his narrative and prose straightforward and simple.

  1. Theme in The Catcher in the Rye.

    Beginning on page 121 with "You'd have an overcoat on this time," the author switches from Holden's abstract ramblings to a more focused, clear style of writing that uses concrete nouns. Holden finds his clarity through memories of the past, which are examined through physical objects in this passage.

  2. The Catcher in the Rye - Symbolism of ducks.

    He thinks if he wouldn't catch them they'd fall down. Mr. Antolini predicts such a downfall for Holden in chapter 24. He says that Holden is going to fall, because he is looking for something that doesn't exist. He associates that with missing maturity.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work