In the following essay, Bennett, a doctoral candidate at the University of California-Berke1ey, argues that despite its status as a "minor" classic, The Catcher in the Rye is a work with literary significance that rewards the reader with several types of interpretations. Even though The Catcher in the Rye is usually considered only a "minor" classic of American fiction, it is a very popular novel that frequently provokes strong reactions—both positive and negative—from its readers. In fact, The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most widely read and discussed works in the American literary canon. Despite its widespread popularity and significant reputation, however, some critics argue that it is too vulgar, immoral, and immature to be considered serious literature.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. When you lose something you have allowed yourself to love, it is only natural to become aware of the risks that affection and care bring with them. Holden Caulfield is no exception. After losing his younger brother, Allie, to leukemia 3 years prior, Holden, a year-old academic dropout, has successfully isolated himself from any meaningful relationships that he could possibly lose. The Catcher in the Rye , by J. Salinger, explores the build up and the tear down of emotional barriers that come after experiencing grief and loss.
Salinger served in World War II and his experiences in the military may have heavily influenced his writing, especially The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger, grew up in New York city during the s, and attended surrounding boarding schools in the area. Salinger drew upon his time growing up in New York to develop the characters, plot, and theme of his main novel, The Catcher in the Rye. D Salinger reflected upon his time in the Upper West side elite boarding schools, and used his experiences to develop the groundbreaking novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger, similar….
The Catcher in the Rye is a popular novel written by J. Published in , the book was originally written for adults, but it is now remembered and adored by people from all parts of the world and people from all walks of life — especially by teenagers — a likely effect that was only inevitable considering the center stage of the narrator the great crumby flake Holden Caulfield, to use his style of speaking, who accurately portrayed teenage angst and loneliness in a style that many youngsters. Using the psychoanalytic lens to read The Catcher in the Rye shows the struggle Holden has trying to deal with the "Phonies" in his everyday life that he just can't relate to. This inability to connect with the people around him reveals his emotional instability and personal flaws. The goal that that Holden has to try so hard to fulfil is symbolic of his need to differentiate himself from the "phonies" around him.