The Catcher in the Rye, Guilt

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye is one of J. D. Salinger's world-famous books about the disgruntled youth. Holden Caulfield is the main character and he is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden separates the “phony” aspects of society, and the “phonies” themselves. Some of these “phony” people in his life are the headmaster whose friendliness depends on the wealth of the parents, and his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. This book deals with the complex issues of identity, belonging, connection, and alienation. Holden senses these feelings most of the time and is guilty about many things in
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Holden’s guiltiness towards mediocre things makes him a more sensitive stressful teenager that becomes more rebellious by each chapter. Another example of Holden feeling guilty would be the time he describes how he moved his suitcases to make it look as though his roommate had the more expensive ones. Holden seems to feel guilty for having expensive suitcases and sorry for his roommate, who has cheaper bags. A second example of Holden’s personality changing because of feeling guilty all the time would be the time Holden is eating breakfast. While he eats bacon and eggs, two nearby nuns only have coffee and toast. Holden feels really bad about this, saying, "That depressed me. I hate it if I’m eating bacon and eggs or something and somebody else is only eating toast and coffee." This again, shows how Holden apologizes for his money and is guilty about having more than others.
One main thing Holden is interested in and he makes this clear would be sex. He harassed Luce constantly about questions to do with sex, and was aroused by the sexual behavior displayed at Edmont Hotel. Another example of how Holden gets guilty easily and feels nervous would be when he was alone with a prostitute and got flustered with her sitting on his lap. Holden was quick to

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