Character Analysis Of Holden Caulfield 's ' Catcher 's The Rye '

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It is not always actions that speak louder than words. As a young man transitioning into adulthood, one may be greatly influenced by society in their choices and actions. In Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is a young man learning to express his own beliefs, but lacks the confidence in himself to do so. Throughout interactions with others it is made overt that though one may have their beliefs and values, without the confidence to express them, one may be left feeling oppressed and forced to go along with society. One’s inner thoughts can be portrayed though minor characters in a novel to enhance the reader’s knowledge of a main character’s inner thoughts and feelings.
The way in which women are characterized in the novel enhances Holden 's thoughts about girls. Jane is a character from Holden 's childhood, who Holden spent a lot of time in the summer with. Jane is one of the very few girls that Holden finds attractive and respects. Holden doesn 't necessarily view her as “strictly beautiful” but she knock[s] [him] out. It’s overt that Holden trusts her because “she was the only one, outside [his] family, that [he] ever showed Allie 's baseball mitt to, with all the poems written on it...She was interested in that kind of stuff" (Salinger 86). Holden thinks highly of Jane, compared to other characters in the book. Although Jane has flaws in her appearance, Holden still likes Jane because she connects with him on a more meaningful level than many of the…

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