Holden Caulfield He’s a grumpy little brat who’s more into punk than a literary hero… that’s according to pit smithwho got a very cool experience that got Twitter activated.
The “NOS4A2” star posted a video this week analyzing the main character from JD Salinger“Catcher in the Rye” – starring in one scene in particular, where she says HC got what he deserved… and that the kid is really bad if you look at it big.
Jahkara explains that Holden has idealistic views of women, but when it comes to being busy, he’s actually not ready for it – as evidenced by a meeting with a prostitute, which he ended up paying for. JS POV… Serve him right, because he was wasting that working woman’s time.
She goes on to suggest that he is actually a plotter for a modern school shooter…because once he gets roughed up, he has visions of killing a bitch/pimp.
There’s a lot to review for her book, so watch yourself – but let’s just say, a handful on bird app Don’t take too kindly to her analysis of what counts as an American classic. We’ll save you all the tweets, but basically… some argue it’s simplistic in its deconstruction of the character, dissecting it without some much-needed context.
For starters, people mentioned in her mentioning that they are defending Holden…saying that he’s clearly a troubled young man dealing with major trauma (the death of a brother) and likely to be sexually assaulted.
It’s unclear if Jahara addressed this, but anyway… she seems to think that the novel isn’t all that it was made of. In fact, there are quite a few people who actually agree with her – saying that the premise of this teen trying to maintain innocence is…kind of lame.
The book has come under a lot of scrutiny in recent years – many people have claimed that the “catcher” is intrinsically problematic. That may be true… Under the lens of the 21st century, that is. Remember this thing was published in the 1950s…a very different time in America.
As usual, the eye of the (false) beholder.