Catcher in the Rye Comparison

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“The Catcher in the Rye and The Five Levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”

In the article “The Five levels of Maslow 's hierarchy of needs” by Abraham Maslow explains the basic needs that a person wants to achieve during his or her lifetime. Cherry states that there are 5 basic needs a person wants to achieve, which are physiological, security, social, esteem, and self actualization being the highest of these needs. The needs go up as a pyramid and the higher you go the longer and harder the needs are to full fill. Then higher needs become more important than the needs below it. Maslow also explains in the article how the needs will not necessarily appear in the same order depending on the type of person. In the book “Catcher in
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He tries to protect the children’s innocence because when he saw the “fuck you” on the wall he got really mad because Holden doesn 't want the children to see it since he feels that their innocence will go away too soon(204). Holden feels that after a person loses their innocence, problems similar to his will start to appear. Holden doesn’t want the children to lose their innocence and become like him. He doesn 't want them to grow up and see life as something bad and realize how the world is, not happy and just surrounded by a bunch of phonies.
Another time that Holden cares about other people is when Stradlater is on a date with Jane the girl that Holden feels lover for her. Stradlater didn’t know how her name was pronounced and Holden said he was a moron(100) Holden wanted to protect Jane from getting hurt by Stradlater. Holden didn 't want to see her suffer since he really cares about her and he didn 't want just anyone to play around with her feelings. Holden wanted to keep her away from the bad and to not suffer the way she did when she was in her house and started crying because of her dad. Holden wants her happy and will do anything to make it happen. Holden has achieved the need of self actualization and he demonstrates it through his actions throughout the book.
In conclusion, Holden is the character that fits well with the article writing by Kendra Cherry. Where his behavior is impacted by the missing
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