Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis

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The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger is about a boy named Holden Caulfield who got kicked out of Pencey Prep, a private school for boys. Throughout the story Holden shows his dislike for society because he believes that it corrupts the innocent. Some people might say that Holden doesn´t understand that as an adult, most innocent people stay innocent and he is just judgemental of all the people around him. Salinger suggests that in order to transition to the adult world properly, an individual must understand that we change and most become corrupt. Holden achieves this understanding to the extent that he tries to save the innocent people and rejects the corrupt, although in the end he learns to let them free even if they become corrupt.…show more content…
In his mind, his brother was totally innocent and could do no wrong. Typically when someone dies,their relatives try to remember only the good parts of their relationship and life. Holden doesn’t seem to understand that Allie and Jane don’t stay innocent as they approach adulthood. Not everyone is perfect, but he regards them as so wanting them to stay that way. In another way, Holden is calling everyone that “is insincere that are more interested in playing a part than being themselves a phony. It starts with Ossenburger, a man who donated money to the school and had a wing named after him. He showed up to a football game in his Cadillac and Holden could “just see the big phony bastard shifting into first gear and asking Jesus to send him a few more stiffs.” (20) As he is talking about this man he keeps judging him for flaunting his money in other’s faces. He drives a Cadillac and gives big speeches but says that he’s just a normal guy like the rest of them. Typically, when a person has more money than other they flaunt it as much as they can. As he is talking about the school and about how they have been molding boys into men since 1888 he mentions that even the principal's daughter “knew what a phony slob be was.” (5) He says that the school is nothing like they advertise and that they don’t do any molding. The principal is the head of this institution,which is why he
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