Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis

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Many times in society, growing up leads individuals to question themselves and their surroundings needing someone to guide them. In J.D Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield faces difficulties when he isolates himself from his friends and family. Phoebe, Holden’s younger sister, is someone he trusts and who is extremely important to understanding Holden. First, she represents innocence and purity as a young child, which is something that Holden values. In addition, Phoebe can be straightforward, genuine and is receptive to Holden, which signifies her importance by being there for him. Finally, Phoebe gives back Holden’s red hunting hat which is very sentimental to him, and shows that she is now an adult by returning it. Phoebe is the most important minor character because she represents loss of innocence and is a dependable support Holden associates with fearing of change.
Phoebe demonstrates her maturity and understanding of the outside world which disappoints Holden. Phoebe stays true to Holden and herself by not embracing phoniness. Holden is surrounded by insincerity in adults and peers. Allie, Holden and Phoebe’s youngest brother died of leukemia, and is always in the back of Holden’s mind. Holden fears Phoebe will grow up too quickly and rush herself to be an adult, as Holden did. The explicit phrase, “F*** You” (Salinger p 221) establishes that Holden does not like witnessing Phoebe grow up. “It drove me damn near crazy. I thought about how
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