ENG1501 Assignment 2 Student No 50097423 Unique No 553393

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(b) The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
Before answering this question, read the chapter The Novel in Introduction to English Literary Studies, and work through the section on this novel in your Study Guide.
Holden Caulfield, the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, is a typical adolescent and is experiencing the problems characteristic of this phase of life. One of his problems is that he is unsure of how to relate to girls. He is not even sure how he feels about them much of the time – in other words, he is ambivalent towards them.

Holden Caulfield is honestly one of the most interesting and complex characters that I have ever come
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Holden thinks of Sally in a more mature and adult way, compared to how he thinks of Jane, whom he sees as more innocent.
He says that Sally is a girl who “seems intelligent and sophisticated, but is actually stupid” This is a very arrogant attitude of Holden towards women. Why does he say that she is stupid? This is very presumptuous of Holden.
Holden doesn’t seem to be able to be sincere with Sally, as much as he is with Jane and he seems to go through the motions instead of actually feeling emotions with her.
Holden catapults between total naivety to such wisdom, it is sometimes hard to keep up with him, and I can only imagine how difficult poor Sally must have found it! He wants to run away with her, at a mere sixteen years old and childishly thinks that this would work, it is Sally who maturely points out how silly and absurd that idea would be.
Holden really is a contradiction, especially when it comes to girls.
When Holden is approached about the prospect of hiring a prostitute for the night, he thinks that it is “against his principles” but he is so depressed and cannot think, so agrees to it but immediately regrets his decision. It is in this part of the book that Holden admits that he is still a virgin, even though he often implies that he is very experienced and confident.
He really wants to have sex with Sunny so that he can get “some practise on her, in case I ever get married or anything” Holden however ended up just talking to her as he felt so

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