Character Analysis : ' Kill A Catcher ' Essay

980 Words Feb 9th, 2016 4 Pages
To Kill a Catcher In The Catch in The Rye, J.D Salinger writes about a journey to adulthood, the loss of innocence, and the painfulness of growing up. The main character, Holden Caulfield, goes through all of these in his own head describing everything in detail of how he sees it. From being sent to boarding school after boarding school, to being the first person in the history of the entire human race to hire a prostitute to just talk, J.D. Salinger shows through Holden his inner emotions of what he despises about growing up, and why he wants to become a Catcher in the Rye so that other children can hear his story. Any kid growing up never wants to have the birds and the bees talk. We find it weird and almost unnatural to talk about with our parents. Yet even though we don’t want to, sometime in our lives we have to. It is a part of growing up. The problem with Holden Caulfield is that he didn’t want to grow up. He didn’t want all the adventure, money, power, and sex of adulthood. He just wanted to stay innocent and be a catcher in the rye. He doesn’t want to grow up because he feels that the grown up world is phony. Holden tries to be reassured that everything in the grown up world will be fine. He asks old friends from New York City, teachers from Pencey Prep, nuns from the city, cab drivers that take him around, and a prostitute from the hotel he’s
McCord 2 staying at. The problem is that he doesn’t know how to ask the question because it’s a question no one really…

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