Catcher In The Rye Comparison

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Do you remember the first time in your life that you experienced the “real world”? In The Catcher in the Rye the author, J.D. Salinger, portrays the fact that childhood is important but you can’t be innocent forever, he does this through the character Holden. He shows Holden’s views in the beginning through the people that he admires, and his thoughts. Certain events make Holdaen realize that he cannot make everything in the world perfect, and becomes content with what he can do. In The Catcher in The Rye, there are a very select amount of people that Holden likes, and these people's personalities show us what Holden values in a person. One person that Holden respect is Jane Gallagher. Jane's one trait that Holden continually talks about is her habit of keeping all of her kings in the back row while playing checkers. Holden speaks about certain details about Jane that show that he cared for her as a person. This is just symbolic of the larger reason why Holden likes Jane: he sees her as an individual, not just a sex object. Contrast Holden's feelings about Jane with Stradlater's. When Holden keeps asking his roommate whether he asked Jane if she still keeps her "kings in the back row," Stradlater responds, "What the hell ya think we did all night—play checkers, for Chrissake?" Holden then begins to obsess with the date Jane goes on with Stradlater and worries he gave her the "time" in the back of Ed Banky's car. This shows us that Jane and Holden were great …show more content…
Salinger shows us that childhood is important but it cannot last forever, and he does this through the character Holden. He shows Holden’s views in the beginning through the people that he admires, and his thoughts. Holden has a realization that he cannot make everything in the world perfect, and becomes content with what he can do. The message that Salinger leaves us with is, no matter what the situation is, you have to find a way to be content with your

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