Catcher in the Rye-Holdens Relationship with Women

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Holden’s Relationship with Women The novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger is about a 17-year-old boy named Holden. Holden gets in a very bad condition after his younger brother Allie dies from Leukemia. He gets mentally ill and suffers from serious depression. Holden goes through tough times in which he has a lot of trouble finding friends and keeping good relationships. Relationship and sexuality are big motifs in the novel, which come up very often. Holden is always on the look for a new friend but he always turns away in the last moment. When Holden interacts with women in the novel, he is very different than when he interacts with men. The women characters in the book all are very important because they represent and…show more content…
He does not go all the way because he feels that she does not know what she has gotten into and he thinks that she is too young to know that prostitution is wrong. However, she says she is “Old enough to know better” and yet he still does not want to have sex with her (85). Holden also gets much more depressed when she comes in the room, which is also a sign that he feels bad for Sunny. There are not many young girls in the novel except for Phoebe. Holden has a very special relationship with his younger sister because they trust and love each other very much. One reason why Holden is so nice to children and that he thinks they are the most important people in the world is because of Allie’s death. Holden feels that he has to protect children from bad. The first time he says it to Phoebe saying: “What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff--I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy"(156). Holden describes him as being a protector and savior of all children. He and Phoebe got very close after the death of Allie because they only then knew how important it is to always be there for each other. Holden describes Phoebe as intelligent, funny, emotional and as a good dancer. Even though Phoebe is
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