catcher inthe rye

The catcher in the rye is a work of fiction and a
tragic-comedy. I came to choose it because I heard it is about a
boy who is around my age.


In this book, the main character, Holden Caulfield, tells
us a story about what happened during his Christmas vacation.

Holden is a sixteen-year-old boy who has flunked out of a private
prep school. Because he is afraid that his parents would find out
this fact, he goes to a hotel in New York City instead of going
home after he leaves school for Christmas vacation. In New York,
many things happen to him within a few days. For example, he goes
to the hotel bar and meets three women after he first arrives
there. The women go away soon after he fails to talk with them,
and Holden feels lonely and depressed. He goes to another bar to
find someone to spend some time with, but he fails to find anyone
to talk to and comes back to the hotel feeling more depressed. In
the hotel, he meets a prostitute, but he sends her back without
having sex because he feels depressed and sorry for her. He was
further disappointed when she tries to rob him of his money even
though he tries to be nice to her. In the next morning, he has a
date with an old girl friend, and asks her to flee from this
corrupt world and live in the woods with him. However, she tells
him he is crazy and then leaves him. Holden meets some more
people later, but they also cannot solve his problems, and he
feels more and more depressed and lonely. He finally decides to
run away and live as a deaf-mute who will not need to communicate
with anyone. Before leaving, he goes to say good-bye to his
little sister, Pheobe, who he admires the most. While talking and
playing with her, Holden changes his mind and decides to rejoin
his family and because he realizes there are many things that he
cannot solve by himself.


The theme of this novel is how innocence is corrupted by
society. Holden thinks everybody who is grown up is a phony
because their behavior and advice are all false. The title of
this book is based on an old game where someone catches children
from falling off a cliff. This symbolizes that Holden wants to be
the catcher in the rye because he wants to protect the
vulnerable, especially to prevent small children from losing
their innocence and becoming corrupted by society as they grow
up.


Holden Caulfield is an amusing character because he talks
about everyone without my respect, but with much irreverence.

This is shown thorough the language he uses which includes slang
and swear words. Even though Holden believes in honesty or
innocence, he is a pessimistic character because he seems to find
something depressing in almost everything and everyone. He is
also a depressed character because he feels alone in the most of
the time, and he never finds any place where he feels
comfortable. He doesnt fit into this society where many people
live by false values and take advantage of others. This is shown
very well when he says:
I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game
in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids,
nobodys around- nobody big, I mean- except me. And Im 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
theyre running and they dont look theyre going I have to come
out from somewhere and catch them. Thats all Id do all day. Id
just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know its crazy, but
thats the only thing Id really like to be.


This shows Holdens compassion and sensitivity very well,
but I feel sorry for him because nobody can understand his dream,
and it is not realistic. Holden seems to be too good a person to
be in this corrupt world.


The style of this book is unusual because it is told by a
sixteen-year-old boy who appears to be sympathetic since he is so
amusing. However, one of the problems with this style is that
some of the things he observes might not be true, but somewhat
exaggerated and biased. We are not very sure that he is even
mentally stable since he tells us the story from a hospital bed.

Despite these things, this style is highly effective because it
makes us very involved with him and sympathetic to him.


I liked this book very much because it talks about the
concerns of teenagers who feels the pressures of society. The
some parts of the message of this book can be dangerous because
they suggests rejecting school or society, but it also made me
think about many things filled with the false standards, and I
could find some of the real truths. I also appreciate the way
Holden talks which is very comical even though hes dealing with
a serious and sad subject.