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

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People often accuse others of being phony when they are actually phony themselves. Holden Caulfield, the main character in the Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, does this all the time. Holden is the most unconscious and separated character in the novel. His body is still alive, yet it often seems as if he might as well be dead because he is living a phony life. While reading the book one wants to yell at Holden to open his eyes to the world and live. Then gradually it becomes apparent to the reader that Holden’s mindset is often disturbingly similar to their own. Although, in the beginning of the novel, Holden’s inability to have intimate relationships and his resentful attitude towards the world causes him to be depressed and have “smoke in his eyes” in the end, his sister helps him see more clearly. Throughout the novel, Holden finds it difficult to make bonds with people due to the loss of his younger brother. Holden was twelve when his brother Allie died and he has been stuck in that year ever since, as Holden puts it, “...I still act sometimes like I was only about twelve” (9). Now in his late teens, his pre-adolescent mental state has caused him to become increasingly socially awkward. The trauma that he experienced and has never dealt with makes him subconsciously avoid making close bonds with people. For example, he refuses to meet his old girlfriend because he is worried she is different from how he remembers her and he makes an excuse saying, “I’m not…

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