Essay about Character Analysis Of Holden Caulfield 's ' The Rye '

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The Catcher in the Rye is written about a boy, Holden Caulfield, around the 1950’s in an institution in California. Salinger makes clear in the beginning that he is troubled in some way because he 's already attended two other private schools, Whooton and Elkton, but unfortunately got kicked out of both. We find this out when Holden is explaining he also got kicked out if his present school Pencey Prep for not applying himself academically even though they have warned him what would happen if he did not start. Being 16 and thinking he knows more than he does, he says he doesn 't care and how everyone is phony there anyway which proves he likes to make excuses to “justify” himself.
Throughout the story he talks about people that have really impacted him, one person being his older brother D.B. D.B.s character is in a way complex because Holden says he likes and is proud his new writing skill that isn 't as serious as his old ones but also calls him phony and refers back to the memory of his brother when he encounters other phonies in the story. He moved to Hollywood to pursue his writing career, but visits Holden on the weekends. Because D.B. writes his new stories for money the former Pencey student calls him a prostitute, which is the opposite of Allie who writes for himself for no money. When Holden was 13 a tragic event happened to his younger brother Allie. On July 18, 1946 when he was only 11 years old, he passed away from leukemia. Even though he was only 11 Holden…

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