The Representation of J.D. Salinger’s Views on Changes in American Society in the 1940s in The Catcher in the Rye

Authors

  • Jessadaporn Achariyopas

Keywords:

Representation, Construction of the representation, Systems of representation, Phoniness, Alienation, Meltdown

Abstract

The objectives of this study aim to analyze both the protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye in terms of conceptual or ideological factors and narrative techniques which influence the construction of the representation and the relationship between the representation and J.D. Salinger’s views on changes in American society in the 1940s. This area of study might concern two theories: namely, a theory of representation and narratology. In addition, this research is intended to answer the following three questions. Firstly, how is the production of meaning through language in The Catcher in the Rye constructed? Secondly, what are J.D. Salinger’s views on changes in American society in the 1940s? Lastly, how is the relationship between the representation and J.D. Salinger’s views? The findings showed that the protagonist’s views, J.D. Salinger’s views, and changes in American society in the 1940s obviously interrelated. The production of meaning which is the representation of the protagonist’s views was constructed of narrative techniques. J.D. Salinger’s views on changes in American society in the 1940s were the same antisocial perspectives as Holden Caulfield’s which are phoniness, alienation and meltdown.

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Published

2019-09-03

How to Cite

Achariyopas, J. (2019). The Representation of J.D. Salinger’s Views on Changes in American Society in the 1940s in The Catcher in the Rye. Research and Development Journal Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, 5(1), 110. Retrieved from https://so05.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/irdssru/article/view/214317