Character Analysis : The Catcher In The Rye

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“The Catcher in the Rye” is a novel written by JD Salinger, and it was first published in 1951. The protagonist is Holden Caulfield. Holden is a sixteen year old teenager who is extremely troubled; he was expelled from four schools; he exhibits a lack of concern toward his future; he is hospitalized while narrating the story; he is visited by a psychoanalyst while there; and he has difficulty communicating with other people. Additionally, Holden exhibits a conflict with the idea of entering adulthood. Therefore, a central idea in “The Catcher in the Rye” focuses on the hostility Holden faces in terms of his anxiety about transitioning into adulthood. The preservation of childhood youth and innocence is constantly troubling Holden. This is one of the major themes in the book as well. I enjoyed the themes portrayed in this book; the themes introduced me to other teenagers’ views of growing up. Holden feels frightened about the adult world. With the rise of responsibilities and feelings of anxiousness, adulthood seems scary to many adolescents. The difficulty in growing up relates to another theme; the phoniness of the adult world. Holden fantasizes that the adult world is filled with hypocrisy and phoniness. For example, while conversing with Phoebe, Holden stated: “It was one of the worst schools I ever went to. It was full of phonies” (Salinger, 167). His rejection of entering adulthood causes Holden to believe that childhood is innocent. Hence, Holden has the desire to
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