The Role Of Jane In Catcher In The Rye

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Constantly rejecting the notion of growing up and facing adulthood can be overpowering. For Holden it was just that. That is most likely why he creates a mythical view of what he thinks will bring him happiness. Jane Gallagher fits this desire well. Ironically, we are never introduced to Jane in the novel, JD Salinger uses her to portray one of the few girls whom Holden both respects and finds attractive. This is done by introducing her as a memory; Salinger effectively personifies her as a fantasy, someone unattainable. However, this is exactly why she holds a tremendous deal of importance to Holden, as she is the arbitrary bar that all girls must measure against. In Jane, he sees a remarkable person without any acknowledgement to all the
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