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Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis Essay

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"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"——— Maya Angelou. The way you treat the people around you not only shows the impression you give them, but it also shows the person inside you without knowing it. Holden Caulfield, who is the protagonist of the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, is a seventeen years old teenager, who came from a wealthy family, being his father is a lawyer; he has three siblings, Allie and D.B. are his brothers, and Phoebe is his younger sister. Allie, his younger brother, died of Leukemia when he was only eleven years old, while Holden was thirteen years old, and it devastated Holden because not only was he close to…show more content…
"This booze hound her mother was married to came out on the porch and asked Jane if there were any cigarettes in the house....Then all of a sudden, this tear plopped down on the checkboard....I went over and...sit down next to her" (Salinger 78-79). Holden met Jane at a country club, and she was the first girl he ever liked; he thought she was pretty, and has a terrific body. As a matter of fact, Holden is never happy, but when he holds Jane's hands he feels happy. When Jane cries when they were together, it showed the bad relationship Jane has with her stepfather and Holden, then comes next to Jane and comforts her. Jane was one of the people, who Holden wanted to call as he was wondering around after he lefty Pencey, but besides her was Phoebe Josephine…show more content…
"I liked her, though. I was beginning to feel sort of sorry I'd told her my name was Rudolph Schmidt. 'Old Ernie,' I said. 'He's one of the most popular boys at Pencey'" (Salinger 56). On his way to leave Pencey Prep, Holden encounters one of his schoolmate's mother and he lies about his name and what type of person his son, Ernie is. By doing this, Ernie's mother became happy and that is one of the reason why he lied because he wanted to protect Ernie's mother from the truth to whatever kind of person Ernie is. It relates to how he lies about his name and by doing this he was able to protect himself as well. After this he also encounters Old Sunny, "she stood up and pulled her dress over her head.... I know you're supposed to feel sexy when somebody gets up and pulls their dress over their head, but I didn't" (Salinger 95). When Holden meets this man at the elevator, Maurice, who offered him a prostitute and Holden agreed to pay for it. Although, when the prostitute, Old Sunny came, he did not take advantage of it and talked to her instead the whole time. Unlike a normal guy, they would have taken advantage if a prostitute comes over and undresses, but Holden did not and respected her, knowing that she is still young. When Holden arrives at New York, he calls his old friend, Carl Luce to have a drink with him, "I know it's supposed to be physical and spiritual, and artistic and all.
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