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

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The Catcher in the Rye is a classic novel because of its complexity and characters that reveal certain facets of the antagonist Holden Caulfield’s character. Students should read this novel for an example of a seemingly simple book with many examples of symbolism throughout the novel. Also, The Catcher in the Rye is set in post-WW II America, a very important time in America’s history because of its vast economic growth and advances. This book should be read by high school students, as it does have some mature topics and language. Holden met many interesting characters on his journey through New York City to get home. When Holden took the train to get to New York City, he met Mrs. Morrow, Ernest Morrow’s mother. He knew Ernest from one of his classes at Pencey. Holden has a tendency to lie about things, so when Mrs. Morrow asked what Holden’s name was after they had struck up a conversation about Pencey, Holden said his name was Rudolf Schmidt. Rudolf Schmidt is actually one of the janitors that Holden knew from Pencey. Holden also tells Mrs. Morrow that he thinks her son is an outstanding person, when in reality Holden can’t stand him. The most interesting thing he lies about is that he has a brain tumor and is going to get it removed. Two other characters Holden met were two nuns while having breakfast one day. He struck up a conversation with them about Romeo and Juliet. Although Holden claims that he isn’t nearly as intelligent as his two siblings, he shows that when he…

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