Character Analysis : The Catcher In The Rye

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When a family member passes away it causes hardship, not only immediate, but also in the long term. In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The main character, Holden Caulfield, experiences the loss of his brother. He is distanced from his family and friends emotionally, and at boarding school, is separated physically. Out of fear, he begins to shield himself from the world around him. Because of the death of Allie, Holden pushes away any new relationships that could lead to him getting hurt and clings onto those he already had. When Holden was at the young age of 13, he was burdened with the death of his little brother. He idolized Allie, and although older, he looked up to him. When Allie died, Holden was angry, sad, and…show more content…
He does not know when the right time to put himself out there is. Jane Gallagher on the other hand, creates a sense that he is fearful of their relationship. He puts off every chance he gets to contact her. He remembers there being a real connection. “I’m not in the mood right now… You have to be in the mood for those things” (Salinger 33). Holden had the chance many times to go see her, or call her, but he had convinced himself that he was not prepared to see her. She knew about Allie and Holden withheld the chance to have her in his life, again out of fear of loss.
Since the death of his brother, Holden has clung to stability. The only things in his life that are stable, are his siblings. Although his brother DB lives in California, he is still there for Holden “He’s in hollywood, That isn’t too far from this crumby place, and he comes and visits me practically every week” ( Salinger 1). Holden holds on to the last thing of his family that is the same from before Allie died. He has his brother and sister, and always will. Holden, when leaving Pencey, wants to talk to his sister. “Anyway, she was somebody you always felt like talking to on the phone. But I was too afraid that my parents would answer” (Salinger 68). He
Garrett 3 has no way of seeing her without going home, but he trusts her the most out of any other character in the novel. Holden can’t fathom that
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