An Analysis Of Holden 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye ' Essay

1224 Words Apr 14th, 2016 5 Pages
In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden, the protagonist, goes on a challenging journey to finally understand the game of life. Holden believes that life is a game. The game is all about advantage and the different paths you can take. Some may be on the side with the hot-shots or some may be on the opposite side, without all the privileges. Either someone conforms to the game and becomes a phony or does not play the game and suffers unfairly. Holden hates phonies, even though he himself is a phony. Stradlater, Holden 's roommate at Pencey Prep, is an example of a phony who participates in the game. Holden abhors Stradlater and thinks it is unfair how because he can play the game he gets unlimited rewards. Similar to Holden, James Castle, a boy who went to Elkton Hills with him, refuses to conform and play the game. James becomes a role model for Holden, teaching him to die for a cause. Holden admires how James sticks to what he says, no matter the consequences. Lastly, Mr. Antolini, Holden 's english teacher from Elkton Hills, teaches Holden how it is important to live for a cause and not just die for it. If there is a problem it must be changed not avoided. He also teaches that sometimes it is alright to play the game from time to time. Stradlater, James, and Mr. Antolini help Holden 's character develop from refusing to play the game of life to realizing sometimes it is permissible.
Stradlater, both literally and metaphorically, represents playing…

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