Character Analysis: The Catcher In The Rye

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“The Catcher in the Rye” is a novel written by J. D. Salinger in 1951. It is a great book for teenagers to read, as it allows teenagers to realize their emotional complexity due to puberty, as well as how to deal with the adult world. In “The Catcher in the Rye”, readers observe Holden’s emotional development into an adult through his analysis of his surroundings as well as the expression of his thoughts, feelings, and actions. By reading this book, I have learnt about myself because I could relate to some of Holden’s situations. Just like Holden, I have experienced depression and emotional shifts, which were very painful. However, this book taught me how these problems are common, and how each person can overcome these problems one day in…show more content…
Linking to the previous paragraph, he started becoming an adult after speaking to Phoebe. For example, he started thinking he was wrong about Mr. Antolini being flitty. This shows that Holden has engaged in self-reflection, and he examined his hasty criticism of Mr. Antolini. Later on, when Holden and Phoebe decided to go to the zoo, Holden walked on one side of the street, and Phoebe walked on the other side. This greatly symbolizes how Holden is now separated from the children’s world. Salinger writes, “I started walking downtown toward the zoo, on the park side of the street, and she started walking downtown on the other goddam side of the street.” (Salinger, 208). In my opinion, the other side of the street symbolizes the children’s world. Also, he denied to ride the carousel with Phoebe, which greatly symbolizes how he has grown into an adult. He didn’t stop children on the carousel from touching the gold ring even though it was dangerous because they could fall. This symbolizes how he now thinks that every child will fall (into the adult world) someday, and that becoming an adult is inevitable. Holden states, “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it…. If they fall off, they fall off, but it’s bad if you say anything to them.” (Salinger, 211). All the events, thoughts, and actions that Holden has talked about are very significant and meaningful because they show the readers his emotional states and
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