Holden Caulfield as a hero Essay

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Holden as a Hero

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a story about the trials of life and the toll it can take on the psyche. I believe that Holden Caulfield is an under credited hero. He is a teenager forced to grow up in a time of turmoil with severe emotional handicaps placed upon him by family, friends and life in general.
     Holden is one confused kid trying to beat the Man in the 1950’s. He grew up ignored by his parents, drifting from school to school in search of a purer lifestyle. On page one Holden humbly describes his lousy growing up. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you will probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like…but I don’t feel
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They would ignore those who struggled to get their kids into the school and did not wear the finest clothes. He rebelled against the common conceptions of age and maturity. He believed that you should be considered mature when you could thin for yourself and make your own choices, not when you reached a certain age or certain physical appearance. He wanted to be treated like an adult and resented others judging him based on his age.
     Holden was very introspective. He was very aware of himself. He knew what he like and disliked, even though some of his actions contradicted his beliefs. He felt like the world was going to hell in a hand basket. He could not understand how other people in the world would not want a pure lifestyle. A life that was sure and stable. He hated being moved around from school to school not having many friends. He decided that it was immoral to follow a system that was based on hypocrisy and shallow wants. He rebelled in order to create a system of his own in which a pure lifestyle would be the ultimate goal. Holden should have been Buddhist, with out the smoking and drinking. Oh yeah, and the delusions of grandeur. “So I went back to the room and turned on the light, to start packing and all…Then I got the hell out. Some stupid guy had thrown peanut shells all over the stairs, and I damn nearly broke my crazy neck.” Holden talks about leaving and how it affects him emotionally every time
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