Development of Morals and Integrity of Holden Caulfield Book Review

Development of Morals and Integrity of Holden Caulfield
This paper traces the development of morals and integrity in 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger.
# 119534 | 2,963 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on May 06, 2010 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Philosophy (Ethics) , Sociology (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses that the long and emotionally treacherous journey to develop integrity plagues the main character of J.D. Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye': Holden Caulfield. The writer maintains that J.D. Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye' illustrates the main character Holden Caulfield's journey through time and space and represents the development and expansion of integrity. The writer points out that Salinger's symbolism adds to his motive of having Holden hold onto childlike traits while enduring an age defying quest for moral understanding through relationships and interactions with people and society.

From the Paper:

"The object of Holden's adulthood desire is clearly taking advantage of different vices: alcohol, profanity, and prostitution. Holden's encounter with the prostitute, Sunny, serves as the prime example of his inability to accept the consequences of desire; Holden wishes to have sex, but cannot bring himself to commit the act because of his level of immaturity and his actual age. Finally, Holden shows an immaturity and childlike personality through his actions and misuse of time. Holden's intellectual journey is plagued with periods of ordinary and dullness: time wasting. An example of Holden's disregard for time is when he is discussing his future with Mr. Spencer ... "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Catcher in the Rye: J.D. Salinger

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