Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield Essay example

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Character Analysis
In the beginning of The Catcher in the Rye, we see one type of person in Holden Caulfield. By the end of the book, we see a whole new person. How is it that one person can change as much in a short time period? They change by the experiences they go through. Holden went through a lot of experiences in a short period of time especially, and also in his past history. In the beginning of the novel, Holden has just come back from a fencing game in New York. He has also been kicked out from Pencey Prep. To us it seems Holden is a troubled boy, after we learn that he is also failing all his classes except English. As the story goes on and he’s talking to his old teacher Spencer, we learn that he is actually sort of smart,
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He didn’t want to give them the money because he had already paid her the amount she told him. This shows Holden is a truthful person and sticks to people’s word. He calls up a girl he used to know and asks her to hang out with him and she agrees. He doesn’t really like her that much but he wanted to see someone.
He meets a couple of nuns and has a conversation with them. Holden doesn’t like organized religion that much but talking to the nuns helps him see that maybe it isn’t all that bad. The nuns don’t try to see him on anything but they have a nice conversation. We also learn about Holden’s younger brother Allie, who died. Holden was very fond of him and missed him a lot. He cared about Allie a lot and thought of him as very smart. He blames himself partly for Allie’s death and thinks of him a lot. We hear about his sister Phoebe. He thinks of her as very smart and while he’s gone from school early, is always thinking about calling her and talking to her because she is very intelligent and he likes talking to her. He eventually visits her at his house and tells her he’s leaving for good. She wants to pack up her bags and go with him, but he tells her no. He meets her at the museum before he decides to leave and she brings her suitcase. He tells her that she’s not coming with him, but again she refuses. Eventually he goes home with her, where he belongs. The title, The Catcher in

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