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    The protagonist Holden Caulfield shows a lot of bravery during the course of the novel. I disagree with the quote, but I do agree that there are many references that are similar between J.F. Clarke's quote and J. D. Salinger's novel.

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    In the novel Catcher in the Rye, Holden is very brave by leaving his school and spending time by himself in one of the busiest cities in the world in New York City. I have mix feelings about whether or not Holden obeys his conscience. He is a typical bad boy, he smokes, tries to buy a hooker in his hotel room that he was staying at alone, and is put into a psychiatric hospital. I feel that somebody who obeys their conscience would not be this type of a kid who is basically known as a rebel.

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

    To begin, Holden has primarily maintained relevance in the modern age because he continues to give a voice to the youth of our society. Taking a tone of rebellion, Holden separates himself from the society that is so illegitimate in his eyes, and seems to form a realm of his own within his mind. This primarily entails his disrespect for most adults and the rules they make for everyone. You can see Holden's disdain for adults during his conversation with Mr.

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  3. Holden's Dislike of Phoniness

    His views are evident when he recounts his experience at the private schools he attended, revealing his hatred toward the phoniness in them. When Holden thinks of Elkton Hills, a school he used to attend, he is reminded of its phony headmaster, Mr. Haas. According to Holden, when Mr. Haas greets parents, he "[shakes] hands with them and [gives] them a phony smile." (14) The lack of sincerity in Mr. Haas' actions angers Holden and is one reason Holden leaves the school.

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  4. How Past Events Affect Holden Caulfield's Life

    This lapse in mental stability implies that Holden does not feel that he has a connection amongst his environment. Instead, he imagines that he is a fleeting presence that will instantaneously vanish at any given moment. In addition, this traumatic experience prompts the cynicism Holden expresses towards the world and he uses it to prevent him from expressing his feelings. His idealized view of Allie as being "the smartest and most intellectual of the family" causes him to remain bitter over his death. Thus, he retreats from those who he feels are not genuine and intellectual as his deceased brother.

    • Word count: 958
  5. Consider how the writer presents the narrator in the opening chapters of the novel The Catcher in the Rye was first published in 1951

    The Catcher in the Rye was frequently read as a tale of an individual's alienation within a "phony" world. Many regarded the novel as a "bildungsroman" (coming of age novel), the main character Holden seemed to stand for teenagers at present day who find themselves surrounded by the pressures of growing up, following the rules and expectations of society, and often had to restrict their own personalities in order to blend into a cultural norm. Many regarded Holden Caulfield as a symbol of individuality in the face of cultural oppression. Unlike conventional novels, where the hero is often portrayed as good, courageous and kind, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye appears to be troubled, erratic and unreliable.

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  6. J.D Salinger, the author of 'The catcher in the Rye', this novel is about a boy named Holden Caulfield who wants to save the children in the field from falling off the cliff into adulthood. I

    Holden went to his history teacher who began lecturing Holden on his lousy term paper. Holden, however, saw only the comical part, "he was holding my paper like it was a t**d or something," Holden believes that everyone and everything is 'fake and phony'. In one of the chapters Holden took train ride to New York, Holden meets one of his classmate's mothers. He began to talk to the mother and started to lie to her and says how nice her son is in school. "That guy Morrow was about as sensitive as a god d*m toilet seat," Holden thinks that it is ridiculous that parents don't pay enough attention to their kid's personality to know when someone is lying about their kid.

    • Word count: 765
  7. How do Holden's encounters with Mr Antolini affect his attitude towards people and education in particular?

    '"Mr Vinsons," I said. He meant all the Mr Vinsons, not all the Mr Vineses. I shouldn't have interrupted him, though.' However, the general feeling that Holden may be beginning to think maturely and listen to people is suddenly halted when he wakes to find Mr Antolini patting him on the head. Instantly Holden perceives this to be a h********l advance or encounter and decides to leave the apartment. Alternatively it may have simply been an old friend, marginally inebriated, trying to comfort a teenager in trouble. Not only does he leave the apartment but also loses the respect for Mr Antolini he once had.

    • Word count: 837
  8. Contemporary North American Teenager and The Catcher in the Rye.

    Holden Caulfield's cynical and jaded narration leads chapter by chapter in The Catcher in the Rye. An American teenager's wandering life is well-illustrated through Holden's journey, from his school, Pencey Prep, to New York. Holden has to leave school and is afraid to tell his parents so he goes to New York. The statistics from the National Centre for Education Statistics and the U. S. Department of Education indicate that in 1997, the dropout rate for students ages 16 to 24 was 11 per cent. When Holden stays in Edmont Hotel in New York, he meets a prostitute, Sunny.

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  9. Angela's Ashes Comparative Commentary.

    The 5-years-old little Frankie is already witness to his sister Margaret's death, and now he losts his little brother Oliver. In this scene, where Oliver is buried in the graveyard, Frankie tries to understand the things around him with his childish curiosity and responses. "I did not want to leave Oliver with them. I threw a rock at a jackdaw that waddled over toward Oliver's grave." Nevertheless, although his age, Holden's inability to come to terms with his brother's death makes him angry and resentful.

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  10. What does Chapter One of The Catcher in the Rye tell us about the character Holden Caulfield?

    should write what people tell him to write for money (like a prostitute). Readers also discover that Holden has been kicked out of school for failing four out of five of his classes. The first two sentences of the novel already give readers a perception of what Holden Caulfield is like. He rejects the habitual manner of narrating a story, and opts for his own more casual approach. Furthermore, he says "...but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth".

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  11. The Catcher in the Rye - Holden's obsession with death

    Allie was his example of life. He was someone who Holden admired a lot "You'd have liked him. He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent. He was terrifically intelligent. (...) He was also the nicest in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody"2 because he was one of the few people that accepted him how he was without making any prejudges over him and who he had shared his life with.

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  12. Characteristics of Young-Adult Books and Its Relations to Catcher in the Rye

    I'm the only really dumb one." Most teenagers, who also have a lack of self-confidence, can place themselves in Holden's shoes. Also, the other minor characters in the book have the traits that characters in a young-adult book possess. Similar to other young-adult book characters, Holden's parents are undeveloped and are essentially out of the picture. In addition, other adults serve as the mentor for Holden, such as Mr.

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  13. Review of The Catcher In The Rye

    He has a little sister who he misses so much that he goes home late at night without his parents finding out and he meets his sister secretly. Later he decides to leave home and he arranges to meet his sister for the last time but something surprising happens The main character is a 17-year-old boy ho feels let down y the world and he cannot ignore the faults that so many other people can.

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  14. Catcher in the Rye

    Though it had stopped pouring out, I was still pretty wet. Boy, it rained a lot in New York while we were waiting for a cab Phoebe said that she was happy I could stay and see her in the play. To tell y'all the truth I'm kinda glad that I stayed and saw her in the play. I asked Phoebe where she thought the ducks went when the pond froze over, she said she didn't know.

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  15. Creative Piece. Phoebe Cauldfield's Diary Entires

    I wore my pink dress and black cardegan. * * * * ~ * * * Dear Diary, Friday, July the 18th, 1952 * * Today is Allie?s 17th birthday. We went to the cemetery in Brooklyn and put some white lilies on his grave. Holden read a poem to him from his baseball glove. D.B. came back from Hollywood with Lilian. They?re engaged now but I don?t know how long it will last. Mom fainted from a migraine or something earlier.

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  16. Catcher in the Rye Essay. The three main symbolic events which describe Holden's alienation from society are the red hunting hat, the museum and the ducks in the lagoon.

    Holden first bought his red hunting hat in the beginning of the novel, just after he had left the fencing team because he had left all the equipment on the subway leading him to feel publicly humiliated. Every time Holden felt lonely or depressed his red hunting hat was what he used for self-protection. Holden likes the red hunting hat "with the peak around to the back" (27) because it makes him unique, and different from everyone else in society.

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  17. How does J. D Salinger present the narrator in Catcher in the Rye?

    Holden tells the audience that his brothers ?got a lot of dough, now? but how he ?didn?t use to?. The word ?use? in italic font suggests that Holden is still getting over the fact his brother is no longer ?a regular writer?, he now in Holdens? mind has a kind of superiority over him, making Holden feel worthless. Holden has displayed a variety of child like traits in his manner of speech and to add to that he then refers his brother as ?being a prostitute?; to Holden this demeaning word could possibly lower his brothers status to something lower, making them seem as equals and therefore making himself feel better about his lack of success.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • "it is immoral and cannot be taught in our schools" - Discuss

    "The virtuousness, morality, or principles are as apparent as the depravities throughout the novel of The Catcher In The Rye. Although when you actually read and examine the book you realize that there are no immoralities. The only way you can come to that conclusion, is with ignorance and a lack of knowledge. To fully recognize and understand the hidden ideas or picture the author is trying to portray in the readers' minds you need knowledge and insight."

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