By Harold Bloom
The Catcher within the Rye is among the most well liked coming-of-age novels ever written, and its 17-year-old protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has develop into an icon of youngster angst. the recent full-length serious essays during this identify supply a complete severe examine this vintage by way of J. D. Salinger. grasp student Harold Bloom introduces the radical during this learn advisor, which additionally encompasses a chronology, a bibliography, an index, and notes at the individuals
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It is where you go to spend your old age. 1 The Catcher in the Rye: Innocence Under Pressure (New York: Twayne, 1993): pp. 89–97. Copyright © 1993 Sanford Pinsker. indd 37 12/30/08 3:33:22 PM Sanford Pinsker 38 Holden too wants to go West, West to escape the fate of his contemporaries who, he fears, will become “guys that always talk about how many miles they get to a gallon in their goddam cars. Guys that get sore and childish as hell if you beat them at golf, or even just some stupid game like pingpong.
His youthful idealism creates within him a messianic vision of the purpose of his education: “He knew that for him education would be the fulfillment of a wider and more significant vision, a vision that embraced the demand made on him, not only by his father, but also by his mother, his brothers, and even the village” (39). Only after the emergency intensifies is Njoroge’s dream lost. indd 29 12/30/08 3:33:21 PM 30 Sandra W. Lott and Steven Latham on the Mau Mau. Shocked, Njoroge exclaims, “I thought Mau Mau was on the side of the black people” (83).
Howlands, a role which many of the Kikuyus regard as that of collaborator and spy. At a protest meeting where Jacobo appears to oppose a general strike, Njoroge’s father, who is moved for once to stand up for the cause his sons espouse, attacks Jacobo. As a result, Ngotho loses his home and his job, and he and Jacobo, are clear enemies: “Jacobo on the side of the white people and Ngotho on the side of the black people” (59). Because of this family rift, the friendship of Njoroge and Mwihaki must thereafter be conducted in secret, and, as with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, their love may hold out the possibility of reconciliation for a strife-torn community.