Holden Essay

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Holden Caulfield, the narrator and the main character of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is a young adult, who, at first seems to simply describes his four day adventure in New York City after bring expelled from his forth school. However, at the same time he narrates more; through his many experiences, which he describes in the book, we can see the themes of the work. The theme that definitely stands out is the loss of innocence. Holden portrays himself as an individual, who does not want to grow up and change. From the beginning, it is obvious that Holden does not like anyone, except children. To Holden, the world around him, the adult world and all of its members, is phony. In other words, the innocent world of children is…show more content…
No matter who Holden meets or sees or even knows, he considers then all to be phonies. The only people, who Holden admires and does not ever put down, are the children which he encounters such as his dead brother Allie and his sister younger Phoebe. Holden continually talks about how great Allie was throughout the book, which leads us to question why, since his brother is dead. He does the same with his younger sister Phoebe, but he never talks about any adults, not even his parents in a positive fashion. Holden not only express his bitter attitude toward the people, but also towards the places that he goes. He does not enjoy himself anywhere he goes, and is clearly bored and wants to be somewhere else. However, there are always exceptions, and in this case it is the museum, which Holden used to visit when he was younger. The museum is a sacred place to Holden because "everything always stayed right where it was," (121) and nothing ever changed about the place.
As the result, his actions lead us to believe that he is scared of growing up and becoming phony like the rest of the world around him. Holden is scared of education because it is part of maturing, which then makes him a part of the world of phonies, which he is trying so hard to avoid. We can then easily figure out that the reason why
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