1) Many people view Holden as a visionary and a tragic hero. Is he a hero or just a selfish brat who needs to lose his ego.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
The catcher in the Rye is an epic novel about a selfish punk who wonders around New York. Holden Caulfield is kicked out of a private school for hundredth time because he thinks everyone is phony and he's so great. He goes to New York and gets drunk, he also buys a prostitute but just cries the whole time and then his pimp comes in a beats him up. He calls a bunch of girls he knows but ends up flipping out on them and storming off. He visits his sister at his parents apartment and talks to her. She looks up to her joke of a big brother because she is an innocent child. Holden wants to be a protector of children in a rye field so they do not fall of a cliff. He visits his old teacher and spends the night but when he wakes up to the teacher patting his head he runs away and cries. He takes his sister to a carousel and realizes he cannot be the catcher in the rye.