How Is Holden Caulfield Character In Catcher In The Rye

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Holden Caulfield is the main protagonist in the novel, Catcher in the Rye. He is a seventeen year old who is resentful of the adult world, while he is displaying immature, almost childish behaviour as the novel progresses. He is afraid of change and struggling through life, even though he has the whole world ahead of him. (Vanderbilt, 2014)
Holden has Gerontophobia which is the fear of growing old. People with this fear tend to worry about growing old because they fear being left alone with no one to take care of or comfort them in their old age. The origin of the word ger is Greek (meaning old age) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). (Culbertson, 1995)
Throughout the novel we can see that Holden is protective of his youthful qualities and he does not want to abandon them when he grows up to be an adult. He
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For example his involvement with the Horowitz, the ducks, James Castle, Central Park, Phoebe, and his survival at the end. These examples all contributed to his transformation in becoming an adult. With Horowitz, for example, Holden is told that he has to be patient and let nature take its course. While thinking of James Castle, for example, Holden’s situation is getting worse, since he is starting to believe that every person he thought of being a non-phony has died, so he believes he is going to die if he does not start being a phony. (Helkenn, 1972:316) While walking around in Central Park, Holden puts himself in more danger, since he does not let Mother Nature take care of him. Talking to his little sister Phoebe and hanging out with her made him realise that he actually can be happy. In the end of the novel Holden survived his own downfall, his depression, and transitioned from a child to an adult. It took Holden a while to overcome his gerontophobia and to continue living his life as what he would call it, normal. (Salinger,
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