Holden Caulfield Character

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Every story has a protagonist. When you have a protagonist it is only essential to include secondary, supporting, and minor characters. Supporting characters are fundamental parts of every story, unmasking aspects of personality, expanding unforeseen mystery, and showing the true colors of our protagonists when they are troubled or lost. Inevitably, they contribute to the development and growth of our major and main characters. In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger protagonist, Holden Caulfield finds himself surrounded by merciless teachers, nauseating girls, unaccepting relatives, and a whole lot of phonies. Throughout his unpredictable journey, one person in his life manages to get through to him more than anyone else, his little sister…show more content…
He knows to not try and stop them if they look like they are going to fall, but allow them freedom to experience life even with a few risks. Holden has such a deep affection for Phoebe that through watching her closely he is able to realize more about himself as a person and life in general. Phoebe’s in depth comprehension and understanding of Holden allows him to be himself. During those moment the two of them both learn his true feelings and intentions. Due to being wise beyond her years, Phoebe’s necessary advice seem to really resonate with Holden despite not living or experiencing as much as…show more content…
In fact, without Phoebe Holden’s story would not be the same to any extent. She is genuine and candid with him, very far from the “phony” characteristics Holden so intently loathes in people. Even with her blunt perspective on life, contrary to past people in Holden’s life, she is not rejected or ignored. Holden’s deep rooted obsession with Phoebe is a clear example of his extreme loneliness. The one person he feels comfortable to talk too is much younger, and is way out of reach. The character of Phoebe brings out a whole other side of Holden unseen by readers in the beginning half of the novel. The relationship between the two siblings is by far the most legitimate relationship Holden has with a person clearly more stable and everlasting than any other stints he’s had with previous friends, teachers, or relatives. Both Holden and Phoebe’s love for each is evident proving they are siblings by nature but best friends as
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