Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

1021 Words Apr 21st, 2015 5 Pages
Imagine you see one of your favorite people in the world. you want to tell them how you feel, but you can not. Instead of doing something about it, you just tell them something else and pretend your feelings do not matter. now imagine you are like this with everyone you meet. this is the life of Holden Caulfield in J.D. salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. he is a sixteen year old New Yorker who has been to numerous boarding schools for numerous reasons, all tracing back to one. Holden avoids tough conversations and feelings by disuniting himself from people and refraining from expressing his true emotions.
Holden struggles to get out of awkward situations by lying. “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life” (Salinger 16) he tells the reader in the first few chapters. By having him admit this, it proves that he knows that he does not communicate well, but chooses to do nothing about it. The reader knows this by the fact that he is a pretty good liar, which can only be built up by repetition and practice. Later in the novel, Holden meets a former classmate’s mother on a train heading home after he gets kicked out of his former boarding school. to avoid feeling judged for being kicked out of Pencey Prep, he tells her that he is a student and that his name is “Rudolf Schmidt.” She asks about her son, Ernest, and instead of telling her he is doing fine like most people would, he makes up an elaborate lie about how he was too shy and modest to accept being…

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