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Similarities And Characters In 'The Catcher In The Rye'

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Holden and Phoebe share an unbreakable bond that plays a crucial role throughout the novel. Holden and Phoebe have similar qualities because they are siblings, but the way they approach life and interact with people is very different. The Catcher in the Rye takes place in the mid-1900s in New York City. The novel begins with Holden getting kicked out of Pencey Prep Academy. He is not ready to face his family and disappoint them once again, but he is also looking forward to go home because he loves being around his little sister Phoebe. She is the one person that he can truly talk to and she is the most important person in his life. Phoebe also adores her older brother. She accepts him for who he is, flaws and all. Holden and Phoebe are similar and different in their physical appearance, character traits, and the ways they contribute to the novel.

Holden looks fairly mature and, as stated in the novel, can usually get drinks due to his height and gray hair. However, Phoebe is and looks like a child. She represents childhood innocence. Holden looks older than he is and is becoming an adult. He struggles with this as he misses being a child, but he also seems to enjoy some of the benefits of his independence as an “adult.” These similarities and differences are not only external, but internal as well.

The siblings share several similar traits that become evident throughout the novel. Holden and Phoebe are both generous as they offer their money to others that
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