AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

Repressed Sexuality in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

by Nils Alfort

Institution: Högskolan i Halmstad
Year: 2014
Keywords: Sexuality; Repression; Humanities; Humaniora; Humanities; Languages and Literature; Humaniora; Språk och litteratur; Engelska; English
Record ID: 1342468
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The purpose of this essay is to examine in what way the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, represses his own sexuality and how this affects his relationship to men and women. With the aid of psychoanalytic theory and gender theory, the essay strives to determine how Holden Caulfield relates to traditional gender roles, the causes of Holden Caulfield’s repressed sexuality, and how Holden Caulfield’s repressed sexuality manifests itself.