Analyzing Holden Caufield And His Characteristics From "Catcher In The Rye" By J.D.Salinger

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In this story, The catcher in the rye, Holden Caufield is seventeen years old teenager who goes to Pencey Prep School. He rebels against society to fight back with phoniness and adults. He couldn't deal with change, and he wants everything to be retained. Holden loves children, because they are pure and not infected by society's phoniness. He especially loves Phoebe, his 10 years old sister. He founds that he is totally separated from everyone.Holden couldn't deal with change; I don't really know that he couldn't change or he doesn't want to change, but I know that he prefers everything to be retained. Holden can't deal with Allie's death. He still loves Allie, and he mentions Phoebe t ...view middle of the document...

She is only one that Holden could openly talk to.Holden's description of lovingness of Phoebe is so obvious that we, the reader, had shown an another side of Holden. She keeps him tied to reality and stopping him from devastate his life completely and losing all hope for his future. Holden really loves her and wants to protect her; Phoebe also wants to protect his brother, but she is only 10, so she was too small to help him physically. She had helped him once, and that was when they were talking in the DB's room and their parents had come home. Phoebe had admitted that she was smoking, even she really doesn't. She also gives her money to Holden.Holden finds himself separated from everything. He tells an anecdote of how the fencing team was late in getting home one day because of him, and notes that "it was pretty funny, in a way." He also spends much of his time "trying to feel some kind of good-by" from Pencey before he leaves, but can't seem to. At the beginning of the novel, he was standing on a hill, separating him from the rest of his school at the big, annual football game. Almost everyone (except Holden and Ackly) was watching this big, important game and rooting for Pencey, but Holden just concludes, "It was supposed to be big deal...you were supposed to commit suicide if old Pencey didn't win..."(2). He'd said, "Sleep tight, ya morons!" when he lea...

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