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What lessons does The Catcher in the Rye teach?
Here are five things The Catcher in the Rye can teach you about life, even if your prom-going days are far behind you.
- You’re not alone in your frustrations.
- Social niceties aren’t always phony.
- Excellent writing can transport you.
- Growing up means channeling your frustrations towards something productive.
Is Holden Caulfield moral or immoral?
Contrary to the claims of the critics, The Catcher in the Rye is a moral book with ethical basis discernible only to an unbiased mind. Holden Caulfield may emerge as a confused person but he is moralistic. He befriends the friendless. He respects those who are humble, loyal, and kind.
What is Salinger’s message to us?
Perhaps he wants to warn people, especially young people, about the phoniness of the socially constructed roles you must play in order to have success. He also wants to save people from becoming hypocrites, a trait he sees in almost every adult.
What does the last line of Catcher in the Rye mean?
The last line of the book says, “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” From what I remember, this means that Holden made up all of those stories.
What do the Ducks symbolize in Catcher in the Rye?
Holden’s focus on the Central Park Lagoon ducks symbolizes his youthful side as well as his true desire to discover how the ducks survive the harsh winter environment, hoping he can apply their secret to his own struggles.
What is the conclusion of Catcher in the Rye?
Chapter 25 concludes with Holden feeling happy as he watches Phoebe ride on the Central Park carousel. He confesses, “I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy.” But Holden also admits he doesn’t know why he feels so happy, or why he’s on the brink of tears.
Why should The Catcher in the Rye be taught?
Fight the Stigma of Mental Illness Holden is struggling with depression throughout the novel. This allows a platform to teach young people the importance of seeking help for their own illness, or that of people they may know. Let Holden help children in need.
What are some things that Holden values?
Holden believes in kindness, authenticity, and protecting the innocent. For example, as he is leaving Pencey, he is kind to his history professor, Mr. Spencer, when he asks Holden if he read the history textbook: “Well, I sort of glanced through it a couple of times,” I told him.
What are Holden’s religious beliefs?
Although he admits, “I’m sort of an atheist,” he declares that he likes Jesus. On the other hand, he doesn’t “care too much for most of the other stuff in the Bible.” The Disciples in particular “annoy the hell” of Holden; he believes that all they did was to “keep letting Him down.”
What does the end of The Catcher in the Rye mean?
The Catcher in the Rye ends ambiguously. The ambiguity is mostly due to the significant time gap between the book’s last two chapters. This would entail believing that his happiness at the end of Chapter 25 is genuine and that this happiness predicts an eventual, full recovery.