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Full marks Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye Panova because she succeeds in showing how the novel affects the reader. I felt like my time had been wasted after finishing. Gives the lady of the night, five dollars just for talking, sends her away, good deeds are always rewarded, Maurice, comes back with Sunny for more money, a dispute arises, but they leave with an extra five, and a sock in the stomach of what is pink poem poorer, but wiser Holden. Quasar44 Oct 3, At Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye rate, it was a ringing endorsement. In the same episode he was further terrified as his tap Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye again started another fatal Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye of events, leading to the death of five rival dancers and their Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye who Butters and Stan were set to face in a dance contest. Making it seem that his song has changed, but this may be Sexuality In Jamaica Kincaids Girl Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye he was taking a bath Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye singing it. And they can't put their Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye into a wider context Nervous Breakdown In Catcher In The Rye. View all 36 comments.
The Catcher in the Rye - Summary \u0026 Analysis - J.D. Salinger
In " Safe Space ", he is forced to delete any bad comments about people that are posted on social media or get two weeks of detention. Butters eventually goes insane from sleep deprivation and being tormented by Reality and jumps out of the school window, causing him to have a head brace for the rest of Season Nineteen. These injuries appear to be gone by " Member Berries ". Butters openly joins and helps with some of Cartman's schemes, and is usually shown doing well at it.
Butters is often depicted as being innocent, gullible, easily manipulated and stupid. Butters is shown to be smart in " Christian Rock Hard " and highly talented, instantly supplying the correct answer to a complicated math problem as well as playing the drums. The context suggests this is a talent of Butters' that is well known to the others. He also tutors Stan, at his request, in " My Future Self n' Me " — although it is not clear in which subject, possibly more than one.
However, in " Go God Go ", he did not realize that Cartman may die if frozen in snow for several weeks - he had to get Dougie to inform him of these facts. Although, this may reflect his innocence; Butters may have thought that a person can survive being frozen due to Steve , real name Larry, from " Prehistoric Ice Man " being frozen in ice for thirty-two months and being revived completely healthy; this would give him good reason to believe that Cartman could survive being frozen for three weeks. In " Proper Condom Use ", Butters was shown with good negotiation skills.
As revealed in " You Got F'd in the A ", Butters is a very talented tap dancer, but his fondness for dancing was cut short at the National Tap Dancing Championship when a freak accident caused by Butters' tap shoe flying off his foot set off a chain reaction leading to the deaths of eleven people. This has left Butters quite scarred, although this is not immediately apparent. In the same episode he was further terrified as his tap shoe again started another fatal chain of events, leading to the death of five rival dancers and their instructor who Butters and Stan were set to face in a dance contest.
He also seems to have some break-dancing ability, as seen in " Asspen ". Additionally, Butters exhibits some impressive free-style dancing ability, dancing to Justin Timberlake 's " Rock Your Body " in " Marjorine ". He showed off more dance moves at the end of " Hell on Earth " during Satan's party, imitating Michael Jackson. Making it seem that his song has changed, but this may be only because he was taking a bath while singing it. In " The Losing Edge ", Butters is in the outfield in baseball and is seen singing a song that goes, "I see a ladybug, hello little ladybug! More recently, in " Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy ", Butters is heard singing a song while using the urinal in the boy's bathroom: "Hey there Mr.
The end result is him being called a homo. In " World War Zimmerman ", it is shown he can beatbox quite well. In " Band in China ", Butters is a guitarist for Stan's band, Crimson Dawn , with the other members being Stan as the lead singer, Kenny as bassist, and Jimmy as drummer. Butters is extremely adept in art and the show often makes examples of his abilities. In " A Very Crappy Christmas ", Butters makes construction paper versions of the four boys for their animated Christmas short this may be a reference to South Park's director of animation Eric Stough , whom Butters is loosely based on.
As well, in " Toilet Paper " where the four boys get into trouble by their teacher, Stan claims that, "Art class is for gaywads. Briefly in " It Hits the Fan " Kyle interrupts Butters tagging a building with his name in the style of a well practiced graffiti artist, which is strange because he could be charged with vandalism; Butters is always seen worrying about following rules. In "Casa Bonita" Butters shows the garbage dump worker a very accurate statue he made of Cartman out of garbage. In " Professor Chaos ", Butters is shown using a sewing machine quite handily to make his cape for his alter ego. He played with the rest of the boys as the left fielder, on their baseball team in " The Losing Edge ". He was number 99 on the dodgeball team in " Conjoined Fetus Lady ".
He is also seen playing football with the others in " Raisins ". He has been shown several times to be somewhat weak physically, especially in fights. This might impact whatever sport skills he has. In " The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs ", the boys shift the blame of writing a vulgar book on Butters, in the hopes to avoid punishment for creating something so disgusting. However, when the book becomes a success, Butters takes credit believing he did create it after having assorted blackouts after reading The Catcher in the Rye and goes on to write a second book entitled The Poop That Took a Pee. Butters' style however is much more childish than that of the boys; the extent of his vulgar language involves repeated use of the words "Pee-pee" and "Poop".
However, due to people constantly over-analyzing things for what was not really there, the book becomes an instant success, at least until the book supposedly causes a man to kill the Kardashians. Butters is actually a poor writer or at least a lot worse than Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny. Aside from speaking English, Butters is shown to understand at least one other language. In " Fatbeard ", when Cartman asks residents of Somalia the location of the pirates, he asks Butters to ask them something, using a book to see how he would say the question in Somalian.
When someone replies, Butters, while taking a quick glance at the book, can understand what the man is saying. Due to the fact Butters was still a kid, his hands flailed wildly, and he was only able to shoot guys in their penis. Butters has a small tuft of bright blond hair on the top of his head. He wears a turquoise jacket and dark green pants. For the rest of season 19, Butters wore a neck brace after trying to commit suicide in " Safe Space ". Butters in " Super Fun Time ". Butters has a warm personality that everyone finds comforting. Fans consider him one of the sweetest, most innocent, and most gullible characters on the show. He is unique because he has the personality of a child, in contrast to the other more cynical, adult-like kids.
He is generally much nicer and much more naive than the four main characters, although he and Craig are shown bullying Mark Cotswolds , a home-schooled boy, in " Hooked on Monkey Fonics ", while it is worth noting that it was before the major character development of Butters in the show. The kids are often annoyed with Butters because he is not cruel, cold, gross, confident enough "like a normal little boy", as well as the fact that he is a "pussy". However, Butters is saved from getting raped when Stuart McCormick is confused by the pedophiles as one of the young boys. Unlike nearly all South Park characters, he rarely curses and instead uses euphemisms such as "Aw, hamburgers" or "Son of a biscuit.
In " Christian Rock Hard ", for example, Butters solemnly says "Fuck you, Eric" to Cartman and farts on his face after his mental breakdown; in " Raisins ", Butters says "I'd rather be a crying little pussy than a faggy goth kid" , much to Stan's surprise; and "At least we have assholes" to Bebe. He is also noted for swearing a lot more heavily in " Butters' Bottom Bitch ". He has also said "You're poor as shit! In the earlier seasons, Butters seemed much more intelligent, and he also seemed to use inappropriate words more often, even saying when the girls challenged them to a sledding race "Us men will show those skanky hos who is who! Butters refines himself in self-improvement in almost everything, to perfection, studying regularly and often commenting on how he "needs to learn to behave himself".
Other skills include tap dancing but he vowed to not do that talent anymore because he accidentally caused a very horrible tragedy in the tap dancing championships. Unfortunately, he also has extremely low self-esteem and therefore has no judgment as to when or how to use his skills, and perceives everyone around him as knowing much more than he does. Another side effect of this is that he is almost constantly worried about being grounded.
Butters is a good student and considered to be a dork by his associates. Butters seems to be constantly seeking a role model, as evidenced when he takes to Cartman unbeknownst to him pretending to be a robot in " AWESOM-O ". He constantly struggles to find acceptance among his associates, hence why he often does menial tasks in hopes that this will earn him favor and respect. In the same episode he reveals to Cartman dressed as AWESOM-O all of his darkest secrets, including the fact that he suffers from a herniated colon, which means he cannot always control his bowels and requires him to take a suppository through his anus regularly.
In " Casa Bonita ", it is revealed that Butters enjoys going to Stark's Pond and he always hangs out there. In " Cartman Sucks " Butters is mistakenly accused of being bi-curious, and although he agrees, it is obvious he does not know what this means. Butters also unwittingly gave a very thoughtful speech in the same episode, regarding the treatment of bisexual children. He also admits to be "bike-curious" in " The F Word ". In " Super Fun Time ", Butters is shown to be more assertive and less willing to go along with Cartman's plans and rule-breaking. In " Butters' Bottom Bitch ", he took the fact that he kissed Sally Darson as a sign that he was now a man and began thinking on how he needs a job to pay for bills, even though he is only a fourth-grader.
In " Raisins ", he is shown to be somewhat wise, in the end when he basically tells Stan "you can't be upset forever". Butters' biggest problem seems to be self-confidence, the will to stand up for himself. He gets taken advantage of by nearly everyone he comes across. In " The Ungroundable ", once he believes he has actually become a vampire, he is not so easily pushed around anymore as he thinks he is immortal. In " Cartman Sucks ", Butters finally stands up for himself by stating to the camp counselors that his confusion is nothing more than a result of the counselors telling several boys, that are assumed to be 'bicurious', that they are confused without explanation.
Butters also showed some self-confidence in " The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs ", where he told the the boys that he would not be tricked, and told them off by saying that they can "suck on his wiener". This outburst stunned the boys, leaving Cartman to ironically call Butters an inconsiderate jerk. Sometimes when Butters is very happy, his smile appears to have risen almost far up to his eyes while the bottom part of his face is almost all skin and nothing more as seen in " Butters' Bottom Bitch ", " The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs ", " You Have 0 Friends ", " Poor and Stupid ", " T.
Although he is ten years old, Butters still pees like a pre-school boy by pulling his pants right down and pulling his shirt up as he stands in front of the urinal. In " The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs ", it appears that Butters may have an attraction to fat women, as he fell for one of the Kardashians because she was "so big and squishy". In " City Sushi ", he is mistakenly diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, as he impersonates various characters while playing like many normal kids do.
However, his kind, sweet, and gullible personality disappears in " Going Native ", and is replaced with an upset, pissy, antisocial, and rude persona, as he beats up Scott Malkinson for having such a low self esteem due to the fact he has diabetes, and when his boy classmates attempt to reason with him, Butters immediately lashes out at Kyle, saying he believes he knows everything and acts as though he is an expert at everything, even though he is not, and then rips on Stan, who he says believes the world revolves around himself, and how Stan only cares about self image.
Butters continues to insult his classmates, saying that they are all just as bad, selfish pieces of crap like Cartman, as well as being stuck up, claiming that the only one with any decency is Kenny. This personality fades away, however, when he has a ceremony at his home land, Hawaii, and then returns to his kind and innocent personality. Butters presumably subconscious view of his father. Butters shows obvious signs of mental trauma, most likely due to his father 's psychologically and physically abusive "parenting". As revealed in " Super Best Friends ", this trauma extends to such an extent that he falls asleep and wakes up to the sound of his own screams. Further evidence of psychological trauma due to his father can be seen in " Imaginationland, Episode III ", where he was told to imagine "the most prominent thing in his mind" , which happened to be his father, screaming that he was grounded; the imaginary version of his father later morphed into a monster-like being.
However, his father is likely not his only source of psychological trauma. Butters' social isolation and constant ridicule at the hands of some of his classmates likely traumatizes him as well. Furthermore, in " The Return of Chef ", Butters was revealed to have been molested by his uncle , although he did not seem to realize it was molestation, this is likely another source of trauma. As a result of these events, Butters has very low self-esteem, constantly putting himself down as well believing he is a bad child who deserves punishment.
Butters also has a nervous stutter - it is likely this can be attributed to psychological trauma. Though possibly Butters' grandma was the source of psychological trauma as she was constantly hurting him physically and mentally. He spreads chaos with his sidekick, General Disarray , and his hamsters or "minions". In " The Coon ", the police and citizens watching his fight against Mysterion seemed aware of his name. The police decided not to even try to shoot him, believing as a villain he had unknown superhuman abilities, and the bullets would not affect him and believed he could not die.
In " The Coon ", it was revealed that Professor Chaos uses General Disarray's grandmother's public storage as his base of operations. There are cardboard computers and a board of possible suspects for the Coon and Mysterion. In " Coon 2: Hindsight " it is revealed he was captured by Coon and Friends and has been held captive in Cartman's basement for several days without food or water. He is still there in " Coon vs. In " City Sushi ", as he is burning all of his alter-ego costumes, he attempts to burn his Professor Chaos mask as well, but is abruptly interrupted by Dr.
As a result, his costume remains unharmed. In " Butterballs ", after a moment of hesitation, Butters decides to confront his abusive grandmother with his Professor Chaos identity. His plan backfires, as his grandmother who has also adopted a supervillain alter ego easily overpowers him. In the Season Twenty-One episode, " Franchise Prequel ", Professor Chaos creates fake 'news' about the Coon and Friends group by making fake posts about them on Facebook, ruining their reputation and keeping Netflix from greenlighting their superhero franchise.
He later hires an army of children to aid him, and work as his minions, the Chaos Kids. The Chaos Kids help Butters create even more fake Facebook posts, using an abandoned warehouse as their secret lair. Early in his career as Professor Chaos , Butters was successful at bringing chaos to his fourth grade classroom when he stole the erasers from the chalkboard. In fact, in many cases when something is expected from him the encounter ends up in disaster. While he is certainly correct in observing that While Bloggs is certainly correct in observing that Holden has been dismissed from every school he has attended, he is not correct in assuming that Holden is unintelligent.
There is nothing inherently wrong in There is nothing inherently wrong in saying thatHolden came from a fairly typical family. In some cases In some cases Holden is seen to be extremely polite. Something may be Someone may be rich but still not exactly free from worries about money. X has a tendency to exaggerate. X makes many sound points. Panova makes many sound points when she claims that Holden is an unlikeable character.
His discussion of If we look at some of If we look at some of the lies that Holden actually told, we can see that he told them only in order to avoid hurting other people. He also seems to He also seems to assume that if your father is rich, you are also rich. He seems to have forgotten that Panova seems to have forgotten that many readers of the novel are teenagers themselves. Does X expect us to Does X expect us to believe that she has never told a lie? As for his This is a fact that X seems all too ignorant of. Practically everyone uses slang of one form or another. This is a fact that Panova seems all too ignorant of.
He does not support this statement Panova says that Holden is a loafer but she does not support this statement. X takes this to be the logical conclusion of his foregoing discussion. Holden is an unlikeable character. Panova takes this to be the logical conclusion of her foregoing discussion. There is clearly a difference between There is clearly a difference between being intelligent and doing well at school.
I would agree with X that I would not go so far as to say that I would not go so far as to say that Holden is a loafer. His argument suffers from serious shortcomings with regard to His argument suffers from serious shortcomings with regard to the lack of a variey of examples to support his claim. He makes a sweeping generalisation. The few lies that Holden told are exceptions rather than the rule. A further problem is that A further problem is that Panova assumes all readers have the same attitude to faults as she does.
On what grounds does he believe that? On what grounds does she believe that Holden is a loafter? The evidence that is given may be incorrect. There is sometimes no evidence given for a claim, as when he states that There is sometimes no evidence given for a claim, as when she states that Holden is a loafer. There is not a shred of evidence given to support this claim. I suggest that there are other and valid reasons for I suggest that there are other and valid reasons for Holden having a nervous breakdown.
Could it be that Could it be that Panova has never told a lie herself or used slang? Because of the problems with the evidence he offers, we cannot say Because of the problems with the evidence she offers, we cannot say whether the conclusion she reaches is in fact true. X attempts to show how The argument presented is reliant on. The argument presented is reliant on the reader agreeing that Holden is a basically unlikeable character. Faulty argumentation is particularly evident in. X assumes that.
X fails to consider that X is seemingly unaware of the significance of Panova is seemingly unaware of the significance of the readers ability to identify with the character of Holden. This is an idea that most people would agree with. He rightly draws attention to Here it is difficult to check the impression that X Here it is difficult to check the impression that Panova is a middle class, easily offended, sensitive creature. Full marks for X because Full marks for Panova because she succeeds in showing how the novel affects the reader.
He does not really say She does not really say in what way Holden can be considered a loafer. None of these points seem clear. X does not support his argument clearly enough. Panova does not support her argument clearly enough. There are many examples of There are many examples of falling in the novel such as when Holden wanted to become a Catcher in the Rye and stop the children from falling over the cliff. To clarify his points X chooses. To clarify his points X chooses the example of Holden being afraid that he will disappear while crossing the street.
Is this an appropriate way to show that? Is this an appropriate way to show that Holden is afraid of death? He does not really address the idea that Burrows does not really address the idea that Holden may not be afraid of death because he actually considered committing suicide. The question of The question of why Holden considered committing suicide is never really addressed. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection. The b The Catcher in the Rye, J. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices -- but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all.
View all 15 comments. Aug 16, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it it was amazing Shelves: novels , fiction , classics , 20th-century , united-states , books. Holden Caulfield, a teenager from New York City, is living in an unspecified institution in southern California near Hollywood in Story of Holden Caulfield with his idiosyncrasies, penetrating insight, confusion, sensitivity and negativism. View all 19 comments. May 08, Big Red rated it it was amazing.
It was his first novel. It became very popular among young adolescents yet not so popular with older generations. I personally thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book. I felt very close to Holden Caulfield, the main character in the story, as I read it. Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year old boy from New York, was quite unlike kids his age. He had no interest in being popular or social. From the very beginning he lets us into J. From the very beginning he lets us into part of his personal life. His parents are very touchy and his mother is especially protective.
He tends to lean away from the fake in the world and is a teller of what is real. Holden is not a fan of the movies at all. He saw his brother, D. One specific time in Chapter 8 he is talking to a cab driver who is acting like a real fool. Terrific personality. Like Holden, Salinger was known for his reclusive nature. Uninterested with the fakeness of the world, Holden keeps his distance from phony people. Salinger said his mother was over protective. He often talks about her with very high regards. Holden is not a character who tried to sugarcoat the way he sees the fakeness around him. I think that is another one of the reasons I like his character so much. For example, he is quite upset with the fact that his brother D.
Holden even says that his brother is his favorite author. Salinger himself is a man who wrote for his own pleasure and likeness. Though he found her extremely irritating he thought she was very attractive as well. Despite Holden being a sixteen year old teenage boy he acts much older than his age. One time in the story he has the chance to be with a prostitute but instead of acting like a pig, he starts to feel sorry for her and instead tried to have a conversation with her. He even offers to pay her for good conversation instead of for sex. But the reason I find his character mature and intellectual is for other reasons. Holden does not hold money or material things to be really important.
He is more excited to hang out with his kid sister than he is any other time in the entire book. He is content with something that would probably be boring to other guys his age. Like many teenagers, Holden is often depressed. The way he deals with it most times actually breaks my heart in a way. He likes to talk to his deceased kid brother, Allie. He will take a real event that he can remember where he was talking with him and pretend he is talking to him again. I do that sometimes when I get very depressed. He is not a jock. He is not a math whiz or a science whiz. He is not really interested in sports. He is on his own a lot and loves it at first, but happiness and love are meant to be shared with others.
It has a much less meaning when by itself and he realizes it by the end of the novel. He is growing intellectually little by little throughout the whole book. He realizes what really makes him happy. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone who would like to read a story that could possibly change the way they view the world. I have honestly laughed outloud to myself as I read this story.
Yes, there is talk about drinking, sex, and lots of cussing, but if you are going to avoid reading this story because of that then your missing out on a beautiful masterpiece. View all 20 comments. Oct 01, Haleema rated it did not like it Shelves: hate , half-wit-characters , bad-writing. Well, this was a pain to get through. First of all, this is a shitty way to start a novel no matter how you want to introduce your main character. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
That is easily one of the saddest, most p Well, this was a pain to get through. That is easily one of the saddest, most pathetic introductions to a book. As I started this book, I wondered This is what the rest of the book looked like: "He was also the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody. People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily, but Allie never did, and he had very red hair.
I'll tell you what kind of red hair he had. Also, Holden thinks everyone besides him is a phony and a moron. And he makes it very clear because he mentions it, like, every two pages. I read some of the comments regarding how I didn't understand this book because I didn't relate to it. That may be true. Very, very true. Regardless, I still think to this day that this book is a drag and has an unlikable main character and a dry, boring writing style. Perhaps I will read it again when I am older and maybe I'll enjoy it. View all 59 comments. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. Salinger, first published in serial form in and as a novel in Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leave Book from Books - The Catcher in the Rye, J.
View all 3 comments. Sep 27, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: novels. A spell in the army would do that young man a power of good! Or maybe a couple of bags of heroin. Anything to stop that whining voice View all 70 comments. Jul 19, Dan rated it did not like it Shelves: literary-fiction. Reading this book was one of the biggest wastes of my time in the past twenty years. Holden Caulfield's problem is that he is the biggest phony he knows. Count the number of times he lies or behaves like someone he's not and then try to convince me otherwise. This is not a book about teenage alienation. It's about a smart-ass who can't deal with who he really is and spends almost pages ranting about it - most likely to a doctor in a psych ward. View all 35 comments.
Nov 17, Henry Avila rated it really liked it. Holden Caulfield is a mixed- up cynical teenager, getting kicked out of another prestigious school, Pencey Prep, in Pennsylvania, the irony is that this obviously intelligent, privileged, 16 year- old, is somehow flunking out, why? He doesn't care about anything, especially education, bored and feeling neglected by his wealthy, New York City family. At least Caulfield passed English class, he's always reading, his big problem, he's so unmotivated, nothing seems important to this kid set in Holden Caulfield is a mixed- up cynical teenager, getting kicked out of another prestigious school, Pencey Prep, in Pennsylvania, the irony is that this obviously intelligent, privileged, 16 year- old, is somehow flunking out, why?
At least Caulfield passed English class, he's always reading, his big problem, he's so unmotivated, nothing seems important to this kid set in Holden has no real friends in school, or liking anyone there, and the sentiment is very mutual, everything is "phony", his favorite word, which he speaks and thinks constantly. When Holden's younger brother Allie, died three years ago, it marked him forever, afterwards, the boy was changed and stops believing.
Getting into a fight with a much stronger opponent, his roommate Stradlater, and losing naturally no surprise to Holden, punishment he craved just before sneaking out of Pencey, an institution he hates, with a fervent passion. Taking the train to New York City, his hometown, but Holden doesn't go back to his uncaring family, his father, a well- to- do lawyer, too busy for Holden, nervous mother, she wants quiet, please, older brother D. Checking into the Edmont Hotel in the "Big Apple", a rather shabby, rundown place, I wouldn't recommend staying there and then the elevator operator the sleazy Maurice , gets him a prostitute, Sunny, she's Holden's age and he kind of feels sorry for her.
Gives the lady of the night, five dollars just for talking, sends her away, good deeds are always rewarded, Maurice, comes back with Sunny for more money, a dispute arises, but they leave with an extra five, and a sock in the stomach of the poorer, but wiser Holden. Chain smoking with gusto and delight, drinking in bars, dives like a man, where people aren't too concerned about a customers age just the color of his dough, going to a Broadway play with a very accommodating girlfriend, attending the loathsome movies and seeing all those phonies, the actors, fighting with unsmiling cab drivers , the kid is having a good time, living like a grown-up, as long as the cash lasts.
But what will he do, runaway or go back and face the music The bible for disgruntled teenagers, and a must read for every new generation View all 37 comments. Jun 19, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: classics. As a child, we are protected from life. As you enter adulthood you could start to see things and people as phony or fake. Maybe not people, As a child, we are protected from life. Maybe not people, but certain tasks or events certainly are. There is a conflict, simply of time and energy. We desire the intentional and struggle towards spirituality; all while trying to earn a paycheck, wash our dishes, and sleep each night. It kind of reminds me of what I picture an AA meeting to look like.
I think, rarely could someone find a place where people are more vulnerable, open, and honest with each other. Even if they win over addiction… how could life ever feel as full after that brief moment shared with others who completely understand? At the same time, the point of those meetings is to help people live- not just free from drugs, but maybe free to live in the mundane?
Free to enjoy the dance of life, the needs of the soul balanced with the chores too. Catcher in the rye touches on some of these questions. Holden struggles with growing up. He sees everything as meaningless and adults as predictable and fake. I think he is mourning the loss of his innocence… maybe not just right from wrong, but the loss of dreams growing up seems to require. Holden, while at the museum that is exactly the same as it was when he was a kid says he likes it, because each time you visit "the only thing that would be different would be you…" and goes on to say "certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. When I was a kid, I used to smell my dad's coffee- that strong sugary-sweet smell of roasted beans.
You wait for your chance to be let in on this excellent secret. Thinking it is just the caffeine that is preventing your parents from giving you a taste. Finally, they do and then all your dreams of that sweet flavor come crashing down! It's wrecked! Coffee isn't at all what you thought it was! That is, until the day you give it another chance, you start to be able to smell and taste the different tones coffee has. You can appreciate it for its varied, and almost living flavors. You see… Coffee isn't bad- it just wasn't what you always thought. The key is in finding the hidden flavors and getting over the fact that it will never taste as sweet as it smells. I think Holden struggled with the initial shock, that although life is more bitter than it "smells", or than you think it will be, there are the hidden joys and sweet flavors that make it almost better!
Holden experiences the extremes of entering into adulthood and relates it in a way everyone, maybe especially, teenagers can understand. He is a flawed character who is desperate and depressed. As the reader, you can see why he feels the way he does, as he explains it so well you almost feel it with him. However, you can also see the flaws in his thinking. The author doesn't romanticize Holden's life, you don't read it thinking he has some special key to life that we all need. You simply feel his struggle to fit in and hope eventually he can learn to play the game and see the beauty that is there, hidden a little.
View all 13 comments. Holden Caulfield is a character many, many people hate. And trust me, I get it. He's a posturing hypocrite. He's a dick. I wanted to hit him in the face for at least a hundred pages. We know this. But he's a character that, for some strange reason, resonates with thousands of people. Well, simply put, it's because he's written like this on purpose. But I think that doesn't quite get to the heart of it. Holden is a fifteen-year-old kid on the verge of an emotional breakdown. He's an asshole. He's a liar. He's a hypocrite. And he's also See, as a preteen, I struggled with severe emotional issues. I had depression and anxiety, although I didn't know it yet.
I was going through major emotional issues with my parents, ones far worse than teen angst. I was on the lowest rung of the social pole at school. And God, I was an asshole. I was whiny and I was a hypocrite. I knew it, too, and I cried myself to sleep thinking about it. In the daylight, I told myself everyone else was terrible and that's why my world was falling apart. I was just as hypocritical and torn up inside as Holden is. Holden is an asshole, granted. But he is an asshole that it's hard not to relate to. So all this is to say that I completely understand why so many hated this book.
But it resonates with me, and with so many people I know, for the exact reason that it will be polarizing. This is the kind of book that's going to be incredibly divisive. This is the kind of book that should maybe be taught by a teacher who loves it thanks, 9th grade English teacher who hated me. And this is the kind of book that sticks in my head, a year after I first read it. It's truly worth the read. Sep 29, Lyn rated it really liked it. What can I say? As I write this review, there are almost 2 million ratings on Goodreads and over 36, reviews. I wish now that I read this sooner. I did not love this book. I was getting apprehensive, was I going to be one What can I say? What did he read that led him to the act? Or was his declaration a pretense for something else?
Why is Holden so cynical and at the same time respectful and thoughtful of others? With a revulsion of even touching the words written on a wall? Is Holden gay? Ultimately I am left with more questions than answers. This is a book I want to think about. View all 22 comments. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , books-to-read-before-you-die. Holden is the teenage mind in all its confusion, rebellion and irrationality, and in all its undefined hope for individual heroism. It's not even helpful, realistic, smart, beneficial Using Holden is the teenage mind in all its confusion, rebellion and irrationality, and in all its undefined hope for individual heroism.
Using swearwords, trying different ways to tune out reality, not doing what one is supposed to do, those are all different methods of practicing the BIG SCARE. Growing up. Facing responsibility. Soon, soon, soon And the weight is heavy on the young shoulders. Roaming the streets relaxes nerves. But still. There is an element of idealism in most teenagers' hearts. They don't usually want to fall into the traps of conventional evil.
They want to change the world, make a difference. They are just struggling to come up with ideas how to do that, as their experience is limited. And they can't put their ideas into a wider context either. So being a catcher in the rye may make sense. It isn't necessarily the teenager's fault if nobody turns up where they wait to save lives, right? Teenage intentions are more often than not good. The results vary though. And their verbal skills are developing in conjunction with their minds as well: "Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you.
It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry. Luckily, some of them remember later and share, - for us teachers to enjoy when we think it is impossible to understand the monsters that all of a sudden show up at the end of Grade 7, replacing lovely and enthusiastic children over night! I hope some of my students use the long summer to enter the beautiful arrangement Holden suggests and read this classic. Hope's that thing with feathers View all 25 comments. Jan 05, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: pants-crapping-awesome.
So it's like this. My not-just-GR-friend-but-very-real-friend brian called and told me that J. Salinger had died maybe about a half hour ago as I begin this 'review'. This sounds immensely absurd, pathetically sentimental, and embarrassing to admit, but I'm glad I heard it from him and not from some animatronic talking head with chin implants and immobile hair on the nightly news or from an obnoxiously matter-of-fact internet blurb, commenting like a machine on how Holden Caulfield has Okay. This sounds immensely absurd, pathetically sentimental, and embarrassing to admit, but I'm glad I heard it from him and not from some animatronic talking head with chin implants and immobile hair on the nightly news or from an obnoxiously matter-of-fact internet blurb, commenting like a machine on how Holden Caulfield has lately become less relevant to Generation Y or Z or AA or whatever stupid generation we're up to now.
At first when brian told me, I thought, 'Oh, well He was old. He was probably batshit crazy anyway. It was his time to check out, I guess. What difference does it make? He's been dead to the world since the mids. Before I was even born. A strong case could be made that he truly died in spirit when he started stalking Elaine Joyce on the set of s sitcom Mr. And yet I still clung to this still technically living legend as if he were some kind of talisman I could wear around my neck, a good luck charm to ward off phonies and all manner of soulless dreck who populate this despicable world, writing 'fuck' on grammar school walls and metaphorical equivalents. After returning for a few minutes to my soul-deadening job, which -- when you really get right down to it -- is just another way of killing time until I join Salinger in oblivion, I started getting all funny-feeling about it.
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