Is "the catcher in the rye" a narcissistic novel?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
Yeah when I first read that I sort of got that feeling also. Holden Caulfield was just so self-absorbed and full of himself. I guess that’s what JD Salinger was trying to get across. How self-absorbed people can be at that age of their life. Especially somebody from that kind of background that Holden Caulfield was from. White upper middle class, self-absorbed, entitled, etc. Maybe it was also a reflection of that aspect of Salinger’s own personality...the narcissistic part
- 3 weeks ago
I honestly hated Catcher in the Rye, but that's just me.
I would have to say definitely yeah, though
- 4 weeks ago
Holden wants to be a person who catches children who fallout of the rye to their peril....does not seen narcissistic that way.
- 4 weeks ago
I like "Caught Her in the Raw" bettter
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- j153eLv 71 month ago
Excessive self-love is not particularly Holden's shtick; rather, Salinger's novel pits teenage angst about finding self against a world of perceived phonyness. The novel chimes in with the existential Zeitgeist of the 1940s. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Back to the Future" are 1980s golden age movies of teenage Holdens moving beyond Salinger's perspective, yet courting narcissism inasmuch as they're adolescent fantasies of it's-all-about-me empowerment against authority (ironically, written by adults for teens). Thus Salinger's period voice of bewildered comparative powerlessness is perhaps more authentically reflective of Everyman's coming-of-age, i.e. when the teen is not a fantastic Superhero.
- Anonymous1 month ago
No. The protagonist is but that does not necessarily make the book narcissistic. Many critics fail to comprehend the difference.
- GuardianLv 71 month ago
Holden Caufield was a narc to you? Really? Why do you think that?
- OrlaLv 51 month ago
How so ? Please explain....