The Catcher in the Rye is a novel where the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, tells his story about being a normal sixteen-year-old boy struggling to move into adulthood due to being afraid of growing up. This even inspires him to want to save all the children from growing up, desiring to be the Catcher in the Rye. Holden appears to be normal, but exhibits an abundance of signs of depression throughout the story.
In this book consisting of 26 chapters is Holden telling us of his experiences of a long weekend in the late 1940s or early 1950s
Holden Caulfield tells this story in first person and as the narrator and the protagonist he provides us with his own commentary about what he experiences including the people he meets and the events he goes through, we as the readers only have one view of each of the characters and the events that happen we only hear of them from, again, only his point of view, we do not really know the reality of the situations.
Holden’s inner conflict is not …show more content…
“Teenagers need to naturally separate in order to gain their independence in early adulthood and often react defensively in order to attain this goal”(Byrne).
Finally, it may be concluded that Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old boy, both the protagonist and narrator of the CATCHER in the RYE, is not insane rather depressed based on the events he has experienced in just only a weekend, and the events he describes such as his brothers death three years before the weekend he explains. Holden’s main conflict is finding it hard to move onto adulthood, or the world of “phoneys”, as he would call