The Catcher in the rye review
Just like in the latest lecture our I medios attended last week at UVM regarding their life Project and Identity, the basic questions of Holden, The Catcher in the rye´s main character, are Who am I?, What do I want? What are the things that make me happy?, What choices should I make?, What values hold my decisions?. The story of an adolescent who has just been sent down from school seems not to be far away from what our students live and experience everyday. It´s the road Holden has to take and follow to find himself in the Big Apple that brings some coherence and connection to our young readers.
In his struggle to face problems and overcome difficulties the main character of The Catcher in the rye moves from his hometown to the bright lights of New York. Ironically, is someone from his former school who makes him think of his future and ponder about the risks he is taking when showing no interest in his school chores. Away from his family, holding just a memory of his parents, brother ans sister, he looks himself reflected in the ducks of the Central Park lagoon where one of them has to find himself and his identity by taking distance from the crowd. With existentialist moods J.D. Salinger portrays adolescence as it is, a state in life in which you don’t give a damn to think or act, just wait for the time to make things right. Everybody is a phony, even the slogan of your school, when the time comes to realize that you are growing older, that your interests now are not your Christmas or Birthday presents but yourself. Seemingly, our readers enjoy the life of Holden that serves as a mirror to their mistakes and flaws, but which continuously present the idea that they can grow much better in life. From a more strict literary perspective, our postmodern students revisit the story of a modern guy, Holden, a character whose prose is enormously compressed and packed with modernist preoccupations: an unreliable narration, psychological and linguistic repetition (and all, Goddam, phonies, don’t give a damn), and obsession with language since sometimes language is not enough, and finally uncertainty in a Godless universe.
J.D Salinger cleverly gathers the exemplifying modernism´s fascination with the way a young mind processes and projects a reality which surrounds every universal individual but which is often alienating and oppressing.
Compared to some places in the world where the story of Holden, The Catcher in the rye, has been banned,WE bet for it, we foster its reading and rewriting, and most importantly, we promote the IB student´s profile of making children more open-minded, inquirer and reflective in the world.
By Christian Vergara R., English Teacher