This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Changes Of Holden Caulfield Essay

1337 words - 5 pages

The Metamorphosis of Holden Caulfield"Don't fear change, embrace it" - said by Anthony J. D'Angelo. Changes occur all the time, some, however are harder to handle than others. In the novel, The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden has to confront many changes in his life, but is terrified of adjusting his life to the corruption of society. He wants everything to stay the same. He wants everyone to stay the same. Holden can't deal with all the challenges that are coming so instead he retreats into his own little fantasy world that he imagines. His fantasy world is where nothing is changing and that he is protecting everyone's innocence from escaping into the harsh world where everyone is phony and fake. He soon begins to realize that you cannot hide from change.Holden is fond of the Museum of Natural History because nothing in there changes, everything stays the same. "The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move....Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you."(p. 121). Holden is the type of person that cannot deal with change and conflict, therefore the museum represents a simple, perfect, idealistic vision of life that Holden wishes he could live in. The Museum of Natural History is a fantasy world of Holden's where everything is frozen, silent, and simple. He doesn't want to move on into adulthood and face the phoniness and superficiality because he is afraid; he just wants to be where he is now, in his teen years. He fears if he matures into society that all of the innocence and purity that he still has will vanish. Rather than face the challenges of the adult world, he retreats to the fantasy world of his own making. The Museum of Natural History helps develop the theme because it shows that Holden can't move forward in life and can't move on, but instead illustrates his desire for things to become constant and still. He is afraid of the world after childhood. He is afraid of losing his innocence. Holden just wants to stay in his own world because he does not understand society and he wants to live his ambition of being a catcher in the rye and a protector of innocence.Holden relates to "the catcher in the rye" throughout this whole novel. He wants to be the catcher in the rye. "I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, 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- I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all." (p. 173) Holden wants to catch kids off a cliff everyday, that's what he would do, just be with kids and make sure that they don't fall off. What Holden really wants to do is to catch the...

Find Another Essay On The Changes of Holden Caulfield

Analysis of Holden Caulfield

1044 words - 5 pages I have seen many disorders in my twenty years of working for the mental hospital as a psychiatrist. Mr. Holden Caulfield displays traits I have seen before. Certain tendencies and behaviors lead me to believe he might have Borderline Personality Disorder. This can include impulsivity, emotional instability, patterns of unstable relationships, etc.. At first, Mr. Caulfield continued to stay silent when asked questions by the nurses and myself. He

The Complex Holden Caulfield Essay

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 Holden Caulfield is faced with many societal and psychological obstacles, as he struggles to find a rational console in society. The urbanity which Holden describes is realistic, yet twisted in his perplexed stupor.Holden faces the dilemma of questioning where he belongs, if he is abnormal, and who he truly is. In most respects

The Morally Ambiguous Holden Caulfield

1229 words - 5 pages In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger develops Holden Caulfield as a morally ambiguous character. Throughout the book, Salinger speaks as Holden and introduces him as a callous and subjective individual. However, the author permits the reader to be within Holden’s mind, giving the audience an alternative perspective of Holden’s true character. Without the obscurity of Holden’s personality, the work would lack a crucial element. As

Protector of Innocence: Holden Caulfield of "Catcher in the Rye"

685 words - 3 pages My most memorable character in a fictional piece of literature would probably have to be Holden Caulfield from J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. The novel is one of the most influential books of the 20th century, and has frequently banned by schools, due to its use of profanity and sexuality.The story takes place when Holden, a sixteen year old boy, drops out of his fourth high school and struggles over the death of his younger brother

Analysis of Holden Caulfield from the Catcher in the Rye

611 words - 2 pages The number of readers who have been able to identify with Holden and make him their hero is truly staggering. Something about his discontent, and his vivid way of expressing it, makes him resonate powerfully with readers who come from backgrounds completely different from his. It is tempting to inhabit his point of view and revel in his cantankerousness rather than try to deduce what is wrong with him. The obvious signs that Holden is a troubled

The Portrait of an Ideal Rebel: Holden Caulfield

1867 words - 8 pages The perception of Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye has two extremes; many find him likable, others find him irritable. Given Holden’s age and experiences, readers often relate to his thoughts and views of the world around him. On the opposite side of the spectrum, readers also find him to be repetitive and hypocritical of the world around him. This interpretation of Holden is derived from the lack of a climax in the book, but in

Holden Caulfield 's "Catcher in the Rye"

723 words - 3 pages The Catcher in the Rye, starts off with the main character, Holden Caulfield being expelled from school once again. Holden is a sixteen year old boy who has been expelled on numerous occasions from other schools. This time he is being expelled from Pency Prep. Before Holden goes home to his parents, he plans to spend a few days in New York. His parents do not know of the expulsion, so he spends the weekend in a hotel. Holden is a pretty strange

“That’s Life” An Analysis of Holden Caulfield

695 words - 3 pages The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger supersedes the norm by staying painfully in the deepest part of the average, for it contains topics that people can relate to (such as, cynicism, nostalgia, and bitterness of life). One of the grand topics the novel discusses is an individuals identity, and how Holden Caulfields identity is shaped through the adversity he faces. Quentin Crisp once said “The young always have the same problem -- how to

The journey of discovery of Holden Caulfield in the novel The Catcher in the Rye

1944 words - 8 pages to get very interested in them although your lectures are very interesting. It is all right with me if you flunk me though as I am flunking everything else except English anyway. Respectfully yours, Holden Caulfield."Holden knew that he was flunking and still he did not seem to care. By this he accepted the call.According to Campbell, the hero may need Aid in choosing whether or not to go on the journey. The Aid can come from a variety of

Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

2381 words - 10 pages pessimistic outlook on his present environment. When a Holden loses confidence in him and in the world, he develops a hopeless view of his and the world’s future. J. D. Salinger depicts the chaotic external and internal conflicts that plague the protagonist Holden Caulfield in his The Catcher in the Rye. An important external conflict is seen in Holden’s relationship with his parents. According to Holden his parents are neither close nor personal

My Characterization of Holden Caulfield from "The Catcher in The Rye"

558 words - 2 pages Holden Caulfield is the main character in the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" the reader can see the world through his eyes as he is the one narrating the story in first person. Holden is a young teenager, the age of sixteen who is emotionally disturbed and confused boy who is entering the journey of adulthood. Holden is a typical teenager who is rather irritated and disgusted by the society that surrounds him. To me he comes across as a witty

Similar Essays

The Complexity Of Holden Caulfield Essay

676 words - 3 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

Holden Caulfield And The Pressures Of Society

1658 words - 7 pages , characterization is often found, especially regarding the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Salinger also includes many themes in his novel relating to growing up in a corrupt society. Hence, this paper will compare, contrast, and evaluate literary criticisms regarding the themes and characterization of J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. Many critics of The Catcher in the Rye discuss in depth the characterization of the protagonist

The Mental Health Of Holden Caulfield

888 words - 4 pages In the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is an example of a prosaic rich adolescent boy,with a pedestrian set of problems, but a psychoanalysis reveals that Holden has a plethora of atypical internal conflicts. Internal conflicts that other students at Pencey, such as Stradlater and Ackley, would not normally experience. Holden is not just abnormal, he has problems that other teenagers, including the students at

In The Life Of Holden Caulfield

1213 words - 5 pages the nation. This book shows the reflections on the life of Holden Caulfield’s, the main characters, life. It takes you through a three day expedition of his life, and gives valuable insight into what a normal teenager may face during these three days. The book itself shares many things that have forced schools and parents to ban it from their curriculum. The book itself should not be banned but examined and studied. It offers valuable