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The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
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The Catcher in the Rye Themes
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The narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an adolescent obsessed with saving children from the dirtiness he sees in the adult world. The novel deals with innocence in many forms, but focuses often...
The Catcher in the Rye explores that traumatic effects that first-hand experiences with death can have on an individual. The narrator, seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield, lost a younger brother to...
The Catcher in the Rye presents a clear distinction between the world of children and that of adults. Children are genuine, caring, and kindhearted, whereas adults are "phony," self-centered, and g...
Isolation in The Catcher in the Rye refers to the personal, social, and mental isolation of one individual, seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield, from the rest of the world. The novel explores the t...
Sexuality and Sexual Identity
Sexuality is a big concern for narrator and protagonist Holden Caulfield, a seventeen-year-old boy. He presents the point of view that sexuality is inherently degrading for a woman, and therefore c...
Sadness permeates The Catcher in the Rye. Main character Holden Caulfield finds nearly everything depressing, from receiving gifts to hearing people say "please." The conclusion drawn, however, is...
Wisdom and Knowledge
The Catcher in the Rye implicitly gets at the question of knowledge vs. wisdom. How relevant is formal education as compared to the experiences one gains by simply living life? Several points of vi...
Lies and Deceit
Deception in The Catcher and the Rye takes the form of what narrator Holden Caulfield calls "phoniness." This refers to anything and everything from pretense to social snobbery to language to appea...
The big question in The Catcher in the Rye is whether or not the central character is crazy. The story begins with a seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield telling his own story of a year earlier, wit...
The Catcher in the Rye treats religion much the same way as it does education. There may be an intrinsic value to it, but it's been ruined by institutions and the people that run them. To the seven...
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