Catcher In The Rye Character Analysis

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The novel The Catcher in the Rye is considered one of the most controversial and criticized books in the history of literature. Mainly due to the fact of the protagonist Holden Caulfield being a troubled and rebellious teenager that you journey with throughout in his cynical tone. Teenagers during the 1950s argued that Holden stood as a teenage icon for his relatability and typical attitude and behavior for adolescences at the time. While parents argued that he was the bane of existence for his inappropriate behavior, language, and attitudes. Yet, many people can’t argue that Holden Caulfield makes no sort of progression of growth or development throughout the novel. After the analysis of Holden’s desperate need of companionship, his need to protect his innocence for himself and others, and his lack of responsibility, it will be present that Holden’s development as a character is incredibly non-existent and is a major criticism of the book.
To begin, Holden shows no apparent change throughout the novel for his desperate need for companionship. Refer to the scene when Holden is at the lavender room of the hotel and is sitting alone when he notices three women across another table. Suddenly, he goes over and tries to get to know them better by dancing with them, forming a conservation, and buying them all drinks. Even though Holden has no idea who they are and they show no interest in him. This scene relates to the need of companionship because Holden is a character who
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