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Catcher in the Rye Research Paper

… At the end of the novel Holden has this thought in reference to the children on the carousel: "If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them" (p. 274). Holden's willingness to let his sister fall seems to contradict his dream of becoming a "catcher in the rye." one who saves children from falling. By the end of the novel Holden, the narrator, no longer clings to the same desperate scenarios that defined him as a participant in his story. The final opposition, the notion to catch and not to catch, is irreconcilable actions that cannot be taken simultaneously.

Works Cited

Privitera, Lisa. "Holden's Irony in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye." Explictor, Vol. 66, Issue 4. (Summer…. [read more]


Multiple Perspectives of the Catcher in the Rye Research Paper

… ¶ … joining a conversation about a topic and now you review all those opinions and add original ideas to the conversation. Literary research paper on one particular text (the catcher in the rye) that includes at least 4 outside sources and ONLY one can be Internet-only. Spend a large portion of the paper presenting your research findings (the multiple perspectives associated with the text). Think of informing readers of all those other voices that have already joined the conversation. After presenting the viewpoints, add own ideas about the text and show how it fits into the larger discussion. You might agree or disagree with some of the sources or you might add to an already established argument, but you must add something new to…. [read more]


J.D. Salinger's Novel Catcher in the Rye Term Paper

… ¶ … J.D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye signals the relationship between the author and the narrator as well as between the truth and fiction. Moreover, the opening line of Catcher in the Rye is metafictional: as if it is self-conscious the line refers to other works of fiction to underscore the intention of the author and of the narrator. Novels written as fictional autobiographies especially draw attention to the perplexing questions: who is speaking? To what extent can the author of a novel remove himself or herself from the narrative?

The author is both absent and present in every literary work. An author's role resembles that of a ghost: neither fully present nor absent. In modern works of literature the author is more…. [read more]


Reviewing the Catcher in the Rye Article

… D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is both social shocking and from an educational standpoint is morally unconscionable. I read the other day that a teacher in Oklahoma was fired for giving her high school students an assignment to read and report on Salinger's great American novel. That is outrageous!

When it comes to teenage angst represented through a frustrated ex-prep school student trying to find his way in a confusing adult world, Salinger has hit the literary nail on the head. When Holden Caulfield is put off by his friend Sally -- after taking her to a Broadway show and taking her skating at Rockefeller Center -- his classical teenage response for rejection is universal: "You give me a royal pain in the…. [read more]


Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Thesis

… ¶ … diagnosis of bipolar disorder in the main character and narrator of the JD Salinger's novel, the Catcher in the Rye. After considering, comparing and corroborating the symptoms indicated in medicine today and the story told by Holden Caulfield, the conclusion is that he is highly likely to have suffered of the illness, especially under the extraordinary circumstances of his younger brother's death, his parents', professors and peers unawareness of his medical problems and his own ability to hide for several years his aggravated state of mind.

Bipolar disorder

The key symptom of bipolar disorder is the swing in moods that has to be observed in an adolescent over a period of a few years and in a much more severe way than it…. [read more]


Holden Caulfield's Narcissistic Personality Disorder Research Paper

… Salinger describes Holden's narcissism in this quote: "The reason he fixed himself up to look good was because he was madly in love with himself" (Salinger 27). Holden is quite bold in announcing his own sexual attractiveness at several times through out the novel. He boasts, "I am quite sexy" (54) and that he is "probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw" (62). These statements are a thinly veiled, narcissistic attempt to convince the audience of his sexual prowess, but this prevents Holden from expressing his true feelings, which are doubtful of his abilities.

A significant trait of narcissistic personality disorder is the habit of sabotaging relationships out of fear of intimacy (Twenge and Campbell 19). When Holden is with Sally Hayes, he starts…. [read more]


Author Study Project Term Paper

… Roald Dahl's Life & Works

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. After his father and sister died, his mother decided to move to England. There Dahl studied until he was 20 and then moved to Africa to work for Shell Oil Company. Looking for adventure, he becomes pilot for the Royal Air Force during Second World War.

Dahl's meeting with the author C.S. Forester encouraged him to write. For 15 years he wrote for adults. However, after considering his own children, he began writing longer and more humorous stories from 1960 on. His first two children's books, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory became instant hits. Soon, he was one of the best-known children's writers for children worldwide.…. [read more]


Proposition Statement Term Paper

… But I'm even more horrified to hear that people attempting to protect our supposedly impressionable minds banned such classics as The Catcher in the Rye and Huckleberry Finn.

The Opposition

Opposing views/rebuttals:

Some point to the rise in eating disorders and low self-esteem, for instance, amongst young girls as a media created phenomenon. Peggy Orenstein, in her 1994 book Schoolgirls states that "middle school is the beginning of the transition to womanhood and, not coincidentally, the time of greatest self-esteem loss." She states that exposure to the images of young, passive, slender girls in the American media plays a key role in this.

Rebuttal#1: Self-esteem is not just culturally produced -- what about the environment that gives validation to these media images? Why did such…. [read more]


Vietnam and the Two-Sided American Research Paper

… Reagan polished the Dream, made it shine again, beckoned one and all to cling to it. Many did. But some, burned beyond repair, saw through the rhetoric to the empty, sloganeering imperialism that it truly was. For them, the endless summers of the youthful 60s and 70s were over: with this mature realization came the onset of an endless winter.

Annotated Bibliography

Fisher, W. (1973). Reaffirmation and Subversion of the American Dream. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 59(2): 160-167. Fisher identifies the nature of the American Dream as being two-fold, at once materialistic and moralistic, with the materialistic half winning out in the end. It implies that the idealist Americans who support the moral cause of the 60s and 70s are outnumbered by the militant materialists.…. [read more]


J.D. Salinger: How the Characters Essay

… The characters as they are portrayed in Salinger's work are contentious and uncaring about society, the impact of their behaviour or interaction on society as a whole and worried even less about the state of affairs due to their having withdrawn and abdicated from society. Society is a swarm of unethical dealings in the view of Salinger and his characters. However, Salinger believes that each individual is able to find their way through the ongoing deceptions that are presented in today's world.

Salinger presents characters that fail to develop to their full potential and this seems to be reflective of the manner in which his works have ultimately failed to have been published on a large scale. While 'Catcher in the Rye" was largely published…. [read more]


Perfume Patrick Suskind's 1985 Novel Essay

… Ironically, Madame Gaillard finds another reason to persecute Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. Madame Gaillard believes that Jean-Baptiste Grenouille's disability is a supernatural curse and she condemns him. This reaction comes across as being less rational than those who curse Jean-Baptiste Grenouille because they feel he must be hiding something. After all, a person with no scent is akin to an invisible man. Others cannot trust Jean-Baptiste Grenouille without smelling him. The reactions to Jean-Baptiste Grenouille show that Patrick Suskind suggests that human beings are more primitive and irrational than we give ourselves credit for. This deep underlying message is yet another reason why Perfume should be considered high literature and not some smut to be dismissed.

His handicap drives protagnoist Jean-Baptiste Grenouille to discover artificial scents. This…. [read more]


Movie Bandit Queen Term Paper

… Movie, Bandit Queen

Shekhar Kapur's the Bandit Queen: Truth in art

Macbeth and Richard III are considered two of the greatest tragedies ever written in the English language. However, the historical Macbeth killed a bad, rather than a good king, and the historical Richard III never committed illicit murder to gain the throne of England. Shakespeare's versions of these historical figures, biased by his own political and national sympathies, have become so powerful that these misappropriations of historical fact have become more potent and indelible than reality itself. It is difficult to state that such historical inaccuracies invalidate Shakespeare's plays, even though it could be argued that in such cases art has obscured rather than illuminated the truth. Defenders of Shakespeare, however, would counter that…. [read more]


Rule of the Bone Term Paper

… As Chappie recalled:

Neither of us were into washing dishes so we kept on using new plates until after a while we couldn't find any more and would just turn them over and eat off of the other side and the pans we figured it was O.K. To keep on using without washing because when you cook things it kills the germs."

However, by this time, Russ had enough of this scruffy life as a youthful outlaw he decided to leave for home, and leaving behind Chappie to continue his adventures alone that will gradually take him to a Rastafarian community in the distant hill country of Jamaica. Finally, he found his long-vanished father, who was then an international icon man where Chappie lost his…. [read more]

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