Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield as a Modern Day Odysseus

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Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield as a Modern Day Odysseus

 

 

 

Years ago, a man named Homer wrote The Odyssey. It told about King Odysseus of Ithaca's mystical and perilous adventure home after the Trojan War. An odyssey can simply be defined as an adventure. Holden Caulfield, the main character in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, had an odyssey of his own. On his adventure in New York City, Holden encountered many tests and learning experiences.

 

To begin with, was the encounter with Maurice and Sunny. On his return to the hotel from Ernie's, Holden met Maurice, the elevator operator. He asked Holden if he was, "Innarested in a little tail t'night?" (Salinger 152). Holden had been
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So Holden did what he did best - lying. He told Sunny that he just had an operation. Sunny, still wanting to get her money, climbed onto his lap and started whispering into Holden's ear. This only made him more nervous. In the end, he paid her the five dollars he owed her, but she insisted it was ten dollars. She got angry and asked him to get her dress. Finally, she left. Holden sat down, smoked, and thought about his current predicament with his parents. Eventually he went to bed. Someone started pounding on the door. It was Sunny and Maurice. They wanted another five dollars. They basically broke in, and Maurice shoved Holden over. Holden still refused to give them the money. Sunny grabbed Holden's wallet and took the money. Maurice ended up punching Holden who fell to the floor. Only then did they leave. So Holden had about two minutes of decent conversation, a few cigarettes, and a sore face just for hiring this prostitute. I think Holden learned how the real world is. In the real world people are not always honest, they want money, and some are willing to be violent to get it.

 

There is another lesson Holden had to learn. He needed to learn how to be satisfied with his company. He was always looking for someone to call or someone to talk to. When he finally did have some company, he did nothing but criticize them. For example, Sally Hayes went out with Holden, and throughout the entire time he complained and criticized her. He