- For Teachers
This is just my intro and first paragraph of my thesis paper
about 'The Catcher in the Rye.' Please read and check my
grammar and also I'd like to hear some comment on it.
Like.. Am I on the right track of starting my thesis?
Jerome David Salinger, or J.D. Salinger, is a mysterious writer who wrote one of the
greatest books in the twentieth century: The Catcher in the Rye. Born on the first day of the year
of 1919, he graduated from Columbia University, New York, where he studied short stories, and
served military during the World War II. Although rapped out tone, explicit description of sex,
and teenage unrest and angst toward society and life that are shown through Salinger’s book
were quiet debatable when the book was published, his works still represent a bildungsromanin
America after the war time period. Today, The Catcher in the Rye, has been translated into most
of world’s major languages, considered to be the best American novel, and sold millions of
copies every year. A main character from ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, Holden Caulfield became a
symbol of teenager’s rebellion and their searching for independence. Conflicts and struggles
what Holden has are the problems that most of adults once experienced before during their
adolescence and they look on the confusion and unstable thoughts, behavior, and identity of
teenagers through Holden. Holden’s ambivalent attitude toward growing up is revealed through
his unsettled and capricious mind with his denunciation of social norms, his distrust of adults,
and his distrusted idealistic belief in the purity of childhood.
Kurt Lewin, a German-American psychologist and the founder of modern social
psychology, expressed adolescence as a “marginal man” due to his or her confusion of identity
between adult and child. Adolescent often experiences drastic physical and mental growth and
those growth sometimes cause fairly big psychological changes and even social maladjustment.
As a marginal man, or an outsider, Holden carries on like he is an adult, but fiercely denounces
social hypocrisy and meanness at the same time. His feeling and view are changing every second
and he seems unsettle and unstable in many ways. He shows his distrust of adults and always
looks on everything with a jaundiced eye. However, he sometimes talks about his smart,
insightful younger sister, Phoebe and departed, brilliant little brother Allie and love and long for
the purity of childhood. Through the book, Salinger attempts to portrays the twisted society and
its inconsistent image, in sixteen-year-old boy’s eye. He is fairly reflecting not only teenager’s
mind and attitude, but also their confusion and perverse views of society which are very typical
scene what usually shown in many teenagers.