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The Static Character In The Catcher In The Rye

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With the amount of details happening at such a rapid pace, the reader would expect there to be a change in Holden’s behavior, but there is not one, thus revealing that he is a static character for the entirety of the novel. Holden’s high speed retelling of what happened to him, gives the reader that idea that Holden is going to change and become a new person, especially since he has gone through so much in such a little amount of time. This is not the case because as The Catcher in the Rye closes, Holden says “I could probably tell you what I did after I went home, and I got sick and all, and what school I’m supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of her, but I don’t feel like it. I really don’t” (Salinger 373-374). This gives the reader some sort of indication that he never changed and is just going through the motions and acting like he is changed. When in reality, this just sets up again for him to drop out and do the same things that he did all throughout the novel. Holden even indirectly states that he likes for things to stay the same, “ ‘The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move” (Salinger 212).This not only shows the reader that Holden likes stagnation, but also gives a cause as to why he has not changed from the beginning of the novel. Now it is, the novel is at its end and Holden himself confirms to the reader this truth that Salinger has been gradually sprinkling around in the text. It is not
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