Analysis Of ' The Catcher Of The Rye '

1580 Words Dec 10th, 2015 7 Pages
Two Worlds, Two Choices, Two Boys
In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield struggles to leave the real world around him which he constantly fails to fit in. He is expelled from three schools before going to Pencey. He then leaves Pencey for New York before Christmas. After experiencing the coldness of society in New York, He decides to hitchhike to the West alone, escaping the society and leaving his family behind. Instead, he chooses to dream about living in the fantasy world in his mind where all things he resists do not exist. Among those things he resists in the real world, the phoniness of adults, the unavoidable loss of children’s innocence and his unbreakable bond with his family are the most significant ones that schedule Holden’s canceled departure.
Holden is unwilling to get along with phonies at his schools. When Holden explains the reason why he leaves Elkton Hills School to Mr. Spencer, he gives an example: “For instance, they had this headmaster, Mr. Haas, that was the phoniest bastard I ever met in my life” (Salinger 17). Holden finally drops out of Elkton Hills because of the phoniness of his headmaster even though Holden has no direct contact with him. However, Holden’s abhorrence toward phonies is so great and evident that he cannot even stand watching a phony’s action from far away. Holden originally believes that changing to another school will reduce his interaction with phonies, but his thought is proved wrong at Pencey. After…
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