"The Catcher in the Rye" and Hardy's Poetry
Explores the theme of romance in J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" as compared to Thomas Hardy's poetry especially as influenced by Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and other literary sources.
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Published on May 17, 2010 in Literature (American) , Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)
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This paper explains that love encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from passionate desire and intimacy to the nonsexual emotional closeness of platonic and family love, both of which are present in J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" and Thomas Hardy's poetry. For both poet Thomas Hardy and Salinger's protagonist Holden Caulfield, memories are an important part of love. Whereas Holden's romantic relationship is a stereotypically adolescent, Hardy writes about his long and unhappy relationship with his first wife Emma.
From the Paper:"Another speculation is that Holden is unable to love because he is incapable of maturing. The protagonist of the novel has a curious fondness for his friend Jane, who is said to 'keep her kings in the back row.' Holden has kissed Jane on only one occasion but he becomes frantic as he learns that his roommate has a date with her; 'I nearly dropped dead when he said that.' Critic Stromwell has interpreted Holden's repeated mentions of 'keeping her kings in the back row' as representing Holden's unwillingness to mature."
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