The Catcher in the Rye | Critical Essay by Carl F. Strauch

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of The Catcher in the Rye.
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Critical Essay by Carl F. Strauch

[In The Catcher in the Rye,] Salinger sharply accentuates the portrayal of Holden with a symbolic structure of language, motif, episode, and character; and when the complex patterns are discovered, the effect is to concentrate our scrutiny on a masterpiece that moves effortlessly on the colloquial surface and at the same time uncovers, with hypnotic compulsion, a psychological drama of unrelenting terror and final beauty. (p. 6)

Salinger has employed neurotic deterioration, symbolical death, spiritual awakening, and psychological self-cure as the inspiration and burden of an elaborate pattern—verbal, thematic, and episodic, that yields the meaning as the discursive examination of Holden's character and problem out of metaphoric context can never do. Structure is meaning.

As a start, the readiest way of understanding The Catcher lies in an awareness of the dualism or ambivalence of language, for Holden...

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