Essay about Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of The Rye

1122 Words Oct 19th, 2015 5 Pages
An obsession with innocence leaves one predestined to be wedged between a world of childhood and that of adulthood. In JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye we are introduced to one of the most complex protagonists of literature, Holden Caulfield the antihero. Holden’s fixation with innocence leads him into a desperate search for connections to people who portray childlike and pure characteristics to which he feels he can identify with. Throughout the novel, Holden struggles to avoid conforming to the norms of society. In the process, he finds himself attracted to the very things he wants to avoid, falling prey to a loss of self and corruption along the way. Three specific encounters are paramount in his journey; Jane Gallagher, a girl he clearly likes, but is no more than a fantasy; his little sister Phoebe, the one who knows him best; and Sunny, the prostitute, all vastly different, but yet the same in terms of what they represent to Holden. Constantly rejecting the notion of growing up and facing adulthood can be overpowering. For Holden it was just that. That is most likely why he creates a mythical view of what he thinks will bring him happiness. Jane Gallagher fits this desire well. Ironically we are never really introduced to Jane in the novel, JD Salinger uses her to portray one of the few girls whom Holden both respects and finds attractive. By just introducing her as a memory, Salinger effectively personifies her as a fantasy, someone not attainable. However,…

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