Lifes Many Obstacles Catcher Essay

892 words - 4 pages

Life's Many Obstacles In J. D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" the protagonist, Holden, is faced with many obstacles. Like most tragic heroes, he is a man who is reasonably happy at the beginning of the tragedy, but as the tragedy develops, some failure in his personality begins to affect events, so that his progress is a movement from happiness to misery. The ultimate misery results from his final awareness of his personalities limits or failures. Much of Holden's misery is a result of his inability to successfully handle particular problems regarding adolescence.

Holden's loneliness and overall low self-esteem are the primary adolescent motivaters for his breakdown. Holden's general need for female companionship leads him to a reasonably accurate self-analysis: he thinks that he is the "biggest sex maniac you ever saw," but later admits that he really doesn't understand sex or know much about it. Holden, however, finds himself feeling rather "horny" and decides to call upon the service of Faith Cavendish. She "wasn't exactly a whore or anything but she didn't mind doing it once in a while..." Holden feels this experience will thrust him into what he considers the adult world. The conversation with Faith was a long one but inevitably led to nothing. An incursion into the adult world, or what Holden considers it to be, had been thwarted. In part, the failure happens because he doesn't really know the rules, and also because loneliness is not a substitute for experience.

Habitual lying is a trait not only found in adolescence but also in people of all ages. It is sometimes generated from a lack of self-esteem, boredom and self-preservation. Holden exaggerates many truths not out of a conscious decision to deceive, but rather to lend emphasis to facts he is unsure of as when he states, "Pencey Prep advertises in about a thousand magazines." However, Holden also has no convictions against telling outright untruths if he can come out for the better on the other side of the exchange. "I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible. So when I told old Spencer I had to go to the gym to get my equipment and stuff, that was a sheer lie. I don't even keep my goddam equipment in the gym." Of course, it is...

Find Another Essay On Lifes Many Obstacles - Catcher

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

2700 words - 11 pages Holden’s loneliness and lack of love continues throughout the novel. Holden has been wearing a red hunting cap every day, asking the cab driver what happens to the ducks in the central park lagoon during the winter and even attempting to pick up girls. As part of picking up girls, Holden meets a young lady named Sally Hayes. As he wanders around town, a boy coming out of church is singing “If a body catch a body coming through the rye” and Holden...

A Moment in Time: "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

1046 words - 4 pages In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield, tells the story of his life. However, he doesn't explain to the reader the basics of his...

Emotional Damage, Hidden Truths, and Accepting Responsibility in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

2665 words - 11 pages Emotional Damage, Hidden Truths, and Accepting Responsibility in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye When one finds themselves in a reader’s position, they search for things in the novel that they can relate to. J. D. Salinger wrote a story that contained countless topics that people, past, present and future, can relate to in several ways. The novel follows the story of a troubled boy named Holden who leaves school due to his poor academic...

J.D. Salinger's quest for happiness. How his sharacters conform to the material happiness

1960 words - 8 pages Many critics consider J.D. Salinger a very controversial writer, for the subject matters that he writes.. J.D. Salinger's works were generally written during two time periods. The first time period was during World War II, and the second time period was during the 1960's. Critics feel that the works during the 1960 time period were very...

The Complex Holden Caulfield

1064 words - 4 pages J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye interprets the adolescent world full of trials and tribulations. A boy named

Spinning Through the Circle of Life

1218 words - 5 pages People, places, songs, and even items such as a stuffed animal, a pillow, or a blanket can foster a person’s memory and take them back to a memory or feeling they hold dearly in their hearts. Often, such items of remembrance are used to bring back a person to their carefree and blissful childhood years. For many Americans, the Central Park Carousel in New York brings back memories of the entertainment of growing up in New York, and the wonderful...

Thinking of thinking

1223 words - 5 pages Kyle LawsonWriters Craft9/17/14Thinking of ThinkingThe dictionary could deliver you a well thought out definition of the word character, and besides from making you feel alone and unoriginal, it also does not tell you how you get this magical gift of life. Seeing a cat die in front of your eyes, maybe getting hit in the head with a...

"The mysteries of Holden Caulfield" is about the symbolism in "The Catcher in the Rye" and what this reveals about the character Holden. Could use a conclusion, we didnt have to put one.

888 words - 4 pages In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger there are many insights about Holden Caulfield revealed by symbols, which would otherwise remain unclear. School, the checkerboard, the museum, and cigarettes and alcohol are all symbolic of Holden. These symbols tell us things about Holden that he doesn't tell us straight out. This essay will discuss many symbols in the book and what they tell us about Holden. The checkerboard is referred to...

The differences between Holden Caulfield and Huckleberry Finn. This essay discusses the lifestyles of the main characters from the books The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher In The Rye.

743 words - 3 pages The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye wonderfully express the thoughts, and feelings that typically run through the average teenagers mind. In each of these stories, the main character is left searching for his true identity. Huck Finn's journey leads him to question the beliefs others have imposed upon him since his youth. While

Less than zero book review

733 words - 3 pages Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, this mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age. They live in a world shaped by passivity. The place lacks feeling and hope. Three high school buddies, 2 male and 1 female, venture down very different paths after graduation. Clay comes home...

Wilderness Sport and Adventure Education

1332 words - 5 pages Physical Education teachers today use all types of teaching models in order to provide the best service to their students. One specific example of a teaching model is Wilderness Sport/Adventure Education. The purpose of this essay will be to describe the development of Adventure Education and Wilderness Sport in today’s Physical Education classrooms, and to fully explain the teaching model to those who are unfamiliar with it. ...

Similar Essays

Comparison Of "Catcher In The Rye" By Salinger And "The Adventures Of Huck Finn" By Mark Twain

1361 words - 5 pages The forthcoming of American literature proposes two distinct Realistic novels portraying characters which are tested with a plethora of adventures. In this essay, two great American novels are compared:

Favorite Book, Character Or Historical Figure

827 words - 3 pages Through a filter of depression and self-imposed isolation, Catcher In the Rye's Holden Caufield provides a wry, cynical perspective of coming-of-age in America. Nearly fifty years after the book's initial publication, it still captures the universal sense of fear...

The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Salinger

1698 words - 7 pages J.D Salinger writes from personal experience in his novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The American author lived in New York City and attended a Manhattan public school for most of his adolescence before attending a boarding school that he soon failed out of. His experiences were a major part in not only the plot of his novel, but in building the character of Holden Caulfield. As the male protagonist in this coming of age novel, Holden Caulfield...

Use Of The Central Park Carousel In The Catcher In The Rye

1402 words - 6 pages People, places, songs, and even simple items such as a stuffed animal, a pillow, or a blanket can foster a person’s memory and take them back to a memory they hold dearly in their hearts. Often, such items of remembrance are used to bring back a person to their carefree and blissful childhood years. For many Americans, the Central Park Carousel in New York brings back memories of the entertainment of growing up in New York, and the wonderful...