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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(1); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060105.

An Interpretation of the Catcher in the Rye from Bildungsroman Perspective


Zhang Fen, Xu Qiaoyan

Corresponding Author:
Xu Qiaoyan

Fuzhou Technology and Business University, Fuzhou, China


In the “modern classic” novel The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger captures the spirit of a generation. Through the analysis of Holden, the hero, from the helplessness in adolescence to the gradual stepping on the road of growth full of thorns and mists, we can understand the psychological course of the formation of teenagers’ thoughts and personality changes in postwar American society, and understand the spiritual crisis behind their highly-developed material civilization.


The Catcher in the Rye; Bildungsroman; Holden; Growth

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Zhang Fen, Xu Qiaoyan. An Interpretation of the Catcher in the Rye from Bildungsroman Perspective. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 1: 31-35. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060105.


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