Holden Caulfield´s Innocence and Purity in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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In a society filled with impureness, Holden Caulfield searches for purity and innocence in everyone around him. Lonely, affectionate, and judgmental, Holden is the narrator and protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye. His actions and the way he acts reveals that Holden is very lonely, and is longing for human companionship. Holden is somewhat mature above his age, but still desires pleasures like any other teenage boy. After meeting people, Holden becomes very judgemental about the way people act. Theses traits all come together at the end and put Holden into a psychiatric institution, living a few miles away from his big brother.

Throughout the entire story, Holden tells the reader that he is very lonesome, but never actually does
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In a society filled with impureness, Holden Caulfield searches for purity and innocence in everyone around him. Lonely, affectionate, and judgmental, Holden is the narrator and protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye. His actions and the way he acts reveals that Holden is very lonely, and is longing for human companionship. Holden is somewhat mature above his age, but still desires pleasures like any other teenage boy. After meeting people, Holden becomes very judgemental about the way people act. Theses traits all come together at the end and put Holden into a psychiatric institution, living a few miles away from his big brother.

Throughout the entire story, Holden tells the reader that he is very lonesome, but never actually does anything to to get rid of the feeling. He has been burned multiple times, by friends and the people he loves, making it hard for him to want anyone in his life. Holden invited Ackley to the movies, because Holden knew that Ackley spent saturdays alone. Then when Holden was in need of a friend or a place to sleep, Ackley wanted Holden to leave. Instead of Stradlater thanking Holden for writing his paper, Stradlater does the opposite and yells at Holden. So it is very evident that Holden has been hurt many times, and has lost the need of a companion. When he arrives in New York, the first thing he does is go to a phone booth and leaves without calling anyone. This passage from the story tells a lot about Holden,
“I couldn't think of anybody to
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