Holden wants to be the catcher in the rye, the one in the metaphorical field who keeps the kids from running off the cliff so they can be happy and safe and free and innocent peter pan wants to be running around as king of the field. Great gatsby vs holden caulfield the great gatsby written by fscott fitzgerald is a novel about people, mainly gatsby’s idea of the ‘american dream’ which can be compared easily to the catcher in the rye by jd salinger. When i first read the catcher in the rye, like the vast majority of my 11th grade peers, i hated holden caulfield apparently, hating holden caulfield is one of the markers of a millennial reader.
In jd salinger’s catcher in the rye, holden caulfield has a desire to preserve the innocence of children and save them from adulthood he is a victim of the “peter pan syndrome,” a condition that aspires to remain young. Why do people love 'catcher in the rye' by gish jen even laugh aloud, and many immediately compared holden to huck finn natty bumpo, quentin compson, ishmael, peter pan, hamlet, jesus. Essay on the catcher in the rye the catcher in the rye “the catcher in the rye,” a novel by jd salinger introduces love, loneliness, loss of innocence, and the struggles of becoming an adult through a teenage eye holden is a very unpredictable character that looks at life with more detail than most.
Catcher in the rye and peter pan personality traits - childish and witty - although he can be selfish he is also very caring - peter refuses to grow up despite the requests of adults stubborn. When i first read the catcher in the rye, like the vast majority of my a common complaint against jd salinger’s most polarizing protagonist is that holden exhibits a peter pan-like quality.
Catcher in the rye compared to peter pan the catcher in the rye is written in a subjective style from the point of view of its protagonist, holden caulfield, following his exact thought process (a writing style known as stream of consciousness. To remember j d salinger is, of course, to remember the catcher in the rye—though not, perhaps, how some critics didn't like it in 1951 catholic world noted its formidably excessive use of.
Catcher in the rye compared to peter pan the catcher in the rye is written in a subjective style from the point of view of its protagonist, holden caulfield, following his exact thought process (a writing style known as stream of consciousness) there is flow in the seemingly disjointed ideas and episodes for example, as holden sits in a chair in his dorm, minor events such as picking up a book or looking at a table, unfold into discussions about experiences. In peter pan, the only adult-like characters we meet in neverland are hook and his fellow pirates that steal, lie, and cheat through life and in the catcher in the rye, holden like peter and holden phoebe and wendy also share similarities these girls serve as the voice of reason for holden and peter. The peter pan interpretation is a popular notion, but i have yet to see it adequately defended and i've looked for it a dozen times or more how much does it matter what salinger titled something that may have inspired him ten years and a world war before he finished the catcher in the rye war changes people innocence is a casualty.