Holden Caulfield Character Analysis

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Holden Caulfield is alone for the first time, forcing him to not only see the reality of everlasting corruption, but also show him he stands alone in wanting to preserve young innocence. Throughout the book Holden is always putting forth efforts to help everyone, further pushing him astray from society's normalities. While some may say that Holden is always distraught because of his own reckless behavior, I say Holden is trying to counter reckless behavior that is being forced upon the young people in society. In a battle of innocence versus corruption, Holden Caulfield is left an outcast due to his morals and efforts made to preserve a childlike innocence. Throughout the novel Holden Caulfield is isolated from his peers for sake of having …show more content…

Also, Holden is faced with talking to a pimp, Maurice. While Holden is against everything Maurice stands for, his desire for human interaction appeals him to accept a prostitute into his room. Later on confrontation between Holden and Maurice leads to Holden being in a fight yet again. While Holden is desperate for affection of any sort he declines to have a relationship with his parents, the people who could potentially be there for him more than anyone else. In conclusion you can see that Holden bluntly rejects the adult word regardless of who the said adult is, or what the stand for. Those who disagree may say that Holden does not reject adults, he even befriends the two nuns he sits by in the restaurant. However, he seldom enjoyed the company of an adult, and the fact that the two who choses to have discourse with are symbols of innocence in both the novel and reality. Holden enjoyed the companionship of the nuns so much because they did preserve their innocent minds, in which he strived to protect. Furthermore people with an opposing viewpoint or interpretation may say that holden had a relationship with his former teacher, Mr.Antolini. However Holden did indeed visit him, he did not even stay there through the night after the incident of Mr.Antolini patting him on the head. This further shows how disconnected and isolated Holden chooses to be from society and how he rejects any

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