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Relationships In Catcher In The Rye

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In the book Catcher in the Rye, Holden feels that everyone is a complete phony and that he is better off without them than with them. Because of Holden's past issues with people like Stradlater he feels that everyone he runs into are phonies and therefore he feels like he needs no company or relationships in his life. But I feel that if one wants to feel alive, one must have relationships because then you won't get to experience everything life has to offer. Holden feels alone and depressed after a few hours out of his room. He feels as if he is by himself in the big world. As Holden said on page 56, " It was depressing out in the street. You couldn't even hear any cars anymore. I got a feeling so lonesome and rotten, I even…show more content…
He doesn't admit that he needs a girl by his side to accompany him during the good and bad times. As the book progresses however his mind starts to change and he starts to realize how much he actually needs someone. In page 85, Holden starts to realize how much life sucks without someone by your side, " There isn't a nightclub in the world you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk or unless you're with some girls that really knocks you out." The author uses the phrase "unless you're with some girl that really knocks you out" to emphasize the girl Holden is talking about. Later on in the book, Holden starts to talk more about Jean as he starts to get more lonesome. He says that Jean was one of the girls that could really knock someone out which is what Holden meant when he said that phrase. In the book, Holden always tries to dial someone up in the phone booth but always ends up leaving without making one single call. This is because in Holden believes he doesn't need anyone to really talk to feel happy or alive. Holden always believes that the people he will call (his family for example) will get mad at him or send him away. Which is why Holden might always do the following, " I felt like giving somebody a buzz... but as soon as I was inside I couldn't think of anybody to call up.…show more content…
For example, the day Holden and Sally were talking a guy came up to Sally and started to act all nice and flirty with her. Holden noticed right away he was a phony guy and started to get mad. In the end, Holden despises phony people, but unfortunately, to him, that is all he seems to find in his path. " If you sat around there long enough and heard all the phonies applauding and all, you got to hate everybody in the world, I swear you did." As you can see the author uses the word "hate" to really describe what he feels too phony people. This is why Holden might not want to have a relationship so that he could avoid all the phony people in the long run. In the end, Holden is much happier with other people around him to support him. This journey he experienced himself changed his state of mind to be more open to everyone. He really does need a relationship with friends, family, and others to feel happy and useful in life. Or else he will feel depressed and lonesome like he did in the entirety of the
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