The Catcher in the Rye | Critical Essay by Carol and Richard Ohmann

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of The Catcher in the Rye.
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Critical Essay by Carol and Richard Ohmann

Holden's sensitivity is the heart of [The Catcher in the Rye]; that which animates the story and makes it compelling. Events are laden with affect for Holden. He cannot speak of an experience for long in a neutral way, apart from judgment and feeling. And of course those judgments and feelings are largely negative. Not so entirely negative as Phoebe says—"You don't like anything that's happening"—but this novel is first the story of a young man so displeased with himself and with much of the world around him that his strongest impulse is to leave, break loose, move on. From his pain follows rejection and retreat.

But what exactly is it that puts Holden out of sorts with his life? What does he reject? The critics answer [with] phrases that universalize...

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