Character Development Of Holden Caulfield

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Rushil Asudani
Mr. Bazinet
ENG3UN
11 July 2015
Character Development of Holden Caulfield
Change is an essential component in the continued success of the human race and thus important in the development of society. As such, society expects people to constantly change and adapt. Readers typically expect to see the development of characters throughout novels, or other pieces of literature. In the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”, J. D. Salinger deviates from the normal progression followed by most novels by characterizing the protagonist as an individual undergoing temperamental changes and uncertainty throughout the novel. This novel is known to have attracted criticism from numerous reviewers from all time periods, who tend to make the argument that the novel 's main protagonist, Holden Caulfield, does not develop at all throughout the course of the book. However, this is not the case as Holden grows and develops through the book, recognizing specific ideals from the environment that is around him and responding to them. These reactions towards change are seen through Holden 's discovery of himself, relationships with other characters and the actions that he decides to take in given circumstances throughout the book.
Throughout the course of the novel, Holden goes on a road of self-discovery. This concept is explained by American author Alan Alda when he says “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition (Alda,1980)”. What you 'll…
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