An Analysis Of Holden 's ' The Rye ' Essay

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The Catcher in the Rye is a story about a boy, which takes place over the course of three long days. Throughout these three long days we examine the ups and downs of a student, named Holden who attends a boarding school. He is currently failing all of his classes except english. Holden breaks the rules in his dorm by doing things such as smoking cigarettes, staying up past the curfew, overall Holden seems like a misguided kid. Holden is a character who is confused and depressed, he does not understand where he belongs. He has good intentions but is unsure of how to express them. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden believes that he needs to hold onto things, but as his life progresses, he understands that he needs to let everything go in order to see the people around him succeed.

Holden does not want to face reality so he plans to run away to a ranch in Colorado, but eventually gives up his dream because he does not want to hurt Phoebe. He wants to see his sister succeed, but because she tells Holden that she is going to Colorado with him he has to finally give up his dream. Holden does not want to get in trouble with his father so tells Phoebe “I’m going away, I know this guy whose grandfather’s got a ranch in Colorado”(Salinger 214). Holden does not want to tell his father about getting kicked out of school, so he chooses to run away from his problems. This is not the best decision because this is probably just another fantasy of his, and because he is being a bad role…

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