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How Does J.D. Salinger present Holden's ''separateness'' from other people in 'Catcher In The Rye'? In 'The Catcher In The Rye' Salinger sets about making Holden appear separate from everyone else

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How Does J.D. Salinger present Holden's ''separateness'' from other people in 'Catcher In The Rye'? In 'The Catcher In The Rye' Salinger sets about making Holden appear separate from everyone else. He does this through a variety of methods. One of the ways in which Salinger shows this separateness is through Holden's relationships and encounters with his family and friends. Another method that Salinger uses is that usually whenever Holden attempts to contact someone they are either not there or don't answer the phone, this give us the feeling that Holden is by himself, alone, separate from everyone else. Also the fact that Holden says 'my address book only has about three people in it' gives us again the impression that Holden is disconnected from society. Holden's apparent desire to be separated from the majority of his family and friends appears to have been triggered by the death of his younger brother Allie. From Allie's there has been a downward spiral in Holden's relationships, as he begins to avoid contact with others and isolate himself more. The reason I believe this is because we can see how immense his anger is after Allie's death, 'I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist'. ...read more.

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... I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all ... and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me and I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff... that's all I'd do all day, I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all!'. Holden becomes so determined to do this that his relationships with those around him come into jeopardy and gradually begin to deteriorate. To the point where he must constantly label the various characters he comes across as a part of the adult world, which he perceives to be 'phoney'. For example in Chapter 2 he goes to see his History teacher Mr Spencer who up until this point he saw as a decent fellow. After Mr Spencer lectures Holden, he begins to feel separated from him saying that 'I just couldn't hang around there any longer, the way we were on opposite sides of the pole'. Another method J.D. Salinger uses that gives us the impression that Holden is separate from society, is how Holden is almost always by himself, even ...read more.

Conclusion

Holden shows a desire himself to be separated from society when he is talking with Sally, he expressed a desire to run away with Sally, effectively separating himself from everyone and everything he knows, this is I feel the main device Salinger uses to create this feeling of separation in the 'Catcher in The Rye' by how Holden attempts to sever himself from society. The final method J.D. Salinger uses is how Holden himself appears to act differently from everybody else, for example when he is talking with Mr Antolini, and is discussing the Oral expression class which he 'flunked', we see that while all the other children are shouting digression and seem to relish in the boys obvious discomfort, Holden himself pities the boy, this shows how Holden is separate from all of the people of his age, as he says 'that digression business got on my nerves'. Ultimately it is confusion that leads to Holden attempting to isolate himself. It is confusion about his purpose and identity and what he is doing in this life, that gradually lead to his isolation from most of society. ...read more.

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