Holden Caulfield Character Analysis

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Holden Caulfield, otherwise known as a depressive high school dropout, is the main character of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. The book has a lot of life lessons, some being minute, while others may apply many of lifes hardships, Holden is a unsuspecting character to do this, yet he is also the best for the job. His depressive state may be disappointing, but it can be boiled down to his unmotivational attitude. Holden, progressively through the book becomes more and more cynical in nature, and leads to his own critically depressive state that is deserving of professional help and care. Holden Caulfield is somewhat of a mystery of a guy. He shows his emotions in the most confusing of ways, and makes some of his feelings seem the exact opposite of what they actually are. Holden seems to want to be the tough guy, the doesn’t even care character, but really he has a lot of deep feelings and really is not tough at all. Stradlater really was able to get Holden to show them when he talked about his date, Jane Gallagher “ Jane Gallagher. Jesus.’” I couldn’t get her off my mind. I really couldn’t. “‘I oughta go down and say hello to her at least”(Salinger 32). Holden continued to mention this old friend of his, and it is the first time in the book when he seems to really care about something. Holden later would find out about how Stradlater mistreated her in his opinion, and it would cause an outburst and he would fight Stradlater. This is a bit of a mystery about why he

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