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The problem with Holden in 'Catcher in the rye ' by J.R Salinger

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Holden is a complex person with many conflicting characteristics. He has many

ambitions and desires for his life but he is faced with the basic conflict in the story,

corruption. This corruption is what drives him and at the same time restricts him

Holden 's being surrounded by corruption disgusts him. There are a few main

instances in which Holden encounters corruption directly. One type is Stradlater, the

'secret slob 'or Ernie, who 'performs for the people '. Two that affect Holden very

much is his brother D.B. 'selling out ' to the movies and Pheobe eventually having to

grow up. This corruption is very evident in Holden 's life and situation.

Corruption is what Holden wants to avoid but can not because he wants to grow

up
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Holden finds corruption in almost everything he sees but does not yet even

realize that he too is part of that corrupt world the minute he stopped being a child

and wanting to be an adult. By doing many of the things he does he displays a desire

to grow up, to act mature, to ultimately blend in with society but he is restricted by

his ideals of innocence. The way he orders his drinks, dances with the two ladies in

the hotel, and sends his money frivolously shows how Holden has
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