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AS and A Level: J.D. Salinger

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  1. 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.

    • Word count: 507
  2. The Catcher in The Rye - How does Salinger present the character of Holden in the opening pages of the text?

    The conditional also suggests that Holden views his life as boring and uninteresting, ergo the intensifier ?really? and the conditional ?if? are used by Salinger to convey Holden?s minor reluctance. In addition, the direct address also creates an immediate tenor with the audience which is engaging for the reader. Moreover, the reader learns that the protagonist is a social pariah ??the whole school was there except me? ? an outcast that actively rebels against society and life and this is the reason the character adopts a studied boredom approach to questions.

    • Word count: 1010
  3. 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.

    • Word count: 876
  4. 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.

    • Word count: 778
  5. 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.

    • Word count: 783
  6. The Catcher In The Rye - Symbolism

    Holden says ?Certain things they should stay the way they are. [?] I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway,? which highlights Holden?s belief that people should be able to remain as innocent children forever. Although he despises every adult he meets, thus despising the state of being grown up, it is his fight against change ? such as growing up ? which is the larger theme in the novel. Holden?s refusal to grow up manifests itself into several events which occur throughout the novel. One such event is Holden?s visit and description of the Museum of Natural History in New York.

    • Word count: 1175

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