Defies Against the Expectations in The Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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There is no character that stands out against the society’s ideals and best represent for teenagers like Holden Caulfield. Like some teens, Holden does not do well in school and eventually gets kick out from one of the most prestigious schools in Agerstown, Pennsylvania: Pencey Prep. He gets so feed up with the school that he decides to leave earlier and travels to New York to have some lone times. During this period, the interactions that he has with the people he meets change his behavior and mind set, especially with Phoebe. In “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, Holden indeed is still a relatable character through his actions, feelings, and concerns to his family members, especially Phoebe.
Holden runs away from the society because of his way of thinking that everyone is “phony”. At Pencey Prep, he purposely excludes himself from the community and feels alienated at times because he thinks nobody would have the same mind like him. He criticizes his school by sarcastically belittling, “they don’t do any damn more molding at Pencey than they do at any other school” (Salinger 2). He hates Pencey with a passion because he realizes that the advertisement is just an attraction for parents to pour their money in, but in reality, the school is not as great as it sounds on the paper. Holden most likely feels rip off when he finds out that Pencey is not what he expects from what others say. That is one of the main reasons why he alienates himself from people because he