Analysis Of Holden 's ' The Great Gatsby ' By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Holden contemplates moving out west by himself to fulfill his desire of independence, leaving Phoebe, the only person who truly cares for him, behind in the process. When Holden returns home from Pencey, he explains to Phoebe that he got expelled from school. Phoebe expresses her great concern for Holden’s safety from their father, but Holden reassures her he has a plan. He tells her “In the first place, [he’s] going away. What [he] may do, [he] may get a job on a ranch or something for a while. [he knows] this guy whose grandfather’s got a ranch in colorado. [He] may get a job out there… [He’ll] keep in touch with [Phoebe] and all when [he’s] gone, if [he goes]” (Salinger 165). “I’m going away” makes Holden sound like he has committed to departing. “I may get a job out there” highlights how Holden has thought this through and how he wants to continue with this idea. However, “may” connotes a sense of uncertainty which portrays his corrupt morals because he does not have a definite plan for when he reaches the west, but he will abandon his sister anyways. Holden reassures Phoebe he will still be there for her by saying “I’ll keep in touch”, even though he decided to leave her. Holden’s explanation to Phoebe about moving fulfills his wants and will make him independent, however he will be leaving Phoebe behind, who is the only person who truly cares about him since his parents are never around and uninvolved. Later on in the novel, Holden finally decides to leave for the…
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