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Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield shows that he lives a troubled life. There are multiple experiences that help change and shape who he is towards the end of his story, and one of those people who helped shape him was a girl known as Jane. Experiencing his childhood with Jane Gallagher shaped his life by him how to be a kind-hearted and happy person, which he normally was not. Holden does not savor time with people, unless he is spending it with Jane. Jane and Holden grew up together as neighbors and have many happy memories that they share. Even though Holden comes off as a troubled young teenager who lived a rough childhood in the beginning of the Novel. He proves that he experiences loneliness several times and isolates himself from society. Yet, Jane shows another side of Holden that is not shown when he is with any other person. He was always truly happy with he was spending time with Jane, “You were never worried with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were.”(Salinger 79). That quote proved that Holden loves spending time with Jane and shows that he honestly cares for her. Holden feels as if he needs to be accepted by Jane since she is the only helpful and caring person in his life. When Jane shows him acceptance, this gives Holden such a positive effect and makes him feel better about himself. Holden’s intense passion towards Jane, causes him to behave as if he was a
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