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The Catcher in the Rye Psychological analysis

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye Psychological analysis

J.D Salinger
Summary
The Catcher in the Rye, written by J. D. Salinger, is a reflection of Holden Caulfield's life at sixteen during the 1950's. Throughout the novel, Holden says society is full of phonies. He believes there's always an ulterior motive behind everyone's actions. He's on a journey of self discovery and recovery from the devastating passing of his younger brother Allie. As he wanders New York City, he matures and becomes a self sufficient, productive human being that only wants to preserve innocence.
Holden Caulfield
What motivates Holden Caulfield?
Holden's motivation is derived from his quest of self discovery and interest in the phoniness and ignorance that is often present in a materialistic society. In the novel he states," People never notice anything." This statement is reflective of his criticism of his peers. His obsession with phoniness is evident when he says," If you sat around there long enough and heard all the phonies applauding and all, you got to hate everybody in the world, I swear you did." Holden was a cynical sixteen year old.
Psychological analysis
The Catcher in the Rye
What is the difference between the sixteen year old Holden?
Sixteen year old Holden was unreliable, failing out of school and naive and resentful of the adult world. He stated," Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's phony. I could puke every time I hear it.He was devastated by the traumas of his childhood. He was fixated on losing his virginity which is an immature aspiration. Seventeen year old Holden significantly progressed in his maturity. He is more insightful and empathetic towards other people.
Why does Holden approach the reader the way he does?
Holden is confident with his opinion and has the audacity to share it, despite it's cynical nature. He is brutally honest and direct, which is rare for someone his age. For example, " I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do."
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Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.
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