Lopes 1Eric LopesMrs. TucciaroneEnglish III9 January 2018 Task 3The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger tells us the whole story of Holden Caulfield, a student who goes to Pencey High School who alienates himself from the society because he feels that he is much different than other and because he cannot get along with other people.
Alienation is one of many themes in this book and the narration of the story is told in the point of view of Holden Caulfield, which is first person. Salinger presents Holden Caulfield as a young and mentally unstable person who is unable to interact with other people in the world and criticizes them.Holden in The Catcher in Rye becomes physically and emotionally detached from society because of his personality. “Anyway, I’m sort of glad they’ve got the atomic bomb invented.
If there’s ever another war, I’m going to sit right the hell on top of it. I’ll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will”( Salinger 141). This way of thinking becomes one of the main reasons why he becomes isolated from society. Holden talks alot about death in the novel which shows his alienation from society and the way he speaks to the readers and the way he voices his opinions makes him a different person to others. Another example of Holden being alienated throughout Lopes 2the book is when he wants to have sex but can’t.
Sex and Adulthood is one of many themes in the novel which explains Holdens choices to detach himself from society. “I keep making these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away”(63). Holden gets bored one day and is roaming around the streets in New York and decides he wants to have a one night stand with a stripper. Holden’s sexual desire and his inability to go through with it is shown throughout the story which can be because of Holden’s preference to stay away from the public.
Holden has had the chance to have sex and wanted to have sex but he gets nervous and scared to go through with it. Being a virgin makes him angry because many people in the world have already engaged in sex. Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye is alienated from society throughout the novel because of his attitude and personality toward people and what they do. Holden is alienated from society because he believes that he is different from many people around the world. Holden is emotionally, mentally, and psychologically seperated from society.
Holden wears a red hunting hat that represents his independence, separation, and protection from the real world. While alienation is protecting him, it also hurts him by making him very lonely and depressed all of the time.