Similarities Between Holden And The Catcher In The Rye

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Phoebe Holden's younger sister and Jane Gallagher Holdens love interest were two iconic characters throughout the novel the catcher in the Rye. Both of these characters have two main functions to help our protagonist Holden Caulfield. Phoebe is described as a pure and innocent child. She is shown throughout the entire novel being everything that Holden enjoys about childhood. Phoebe is honest and innocent unknowing of how cool the world can be. Simply because she's a child she has all the traits that Holden admires. Because of this innocent purity holden has placed her on this pedestal making her seem godly and perfect. Phoebe can never do anything wrong because she is childish and young she'll never act phony or fake she won't lie to people …show more content…
Which brings us to his love interest Jane Gallagher. Holden seems to view Jane through rose tinted seeing her as in similar god like figure to Phoebe. Jane is always on Holden's mind various reasons. Ranging from sexual reasons to just being in love or at least as close to love is Holden will ever feel. I personally don't believe that Holden sexualized Jane in anyway. Hi Jane was the closest thing to a friend that Holden ever had they had a very close knit relationship similar to a best friendship more than a relationship. I personally believe that Jane is one of the most important characters in the novel considering how close she was to Holden. Jane probably impacted the character that hole and is in shape them into a potential he better man than he would've been. Just because she was in his life. She was there and she could talk to him she understood Holdens crazy life she was there as his emotional support. Which was probably most important thing in Holden's life. Holden needed this interaction from Jane. He's a better character because he met Jane. Sadly after leaving Pencey Prep. Lost all connection with Jane. Of course he still thinks about her all the …show more content…
The novel has countless themes including death itself. Catcher in the Rye is truly a tragedy and its shown all over. For example the beginning of the novel we find out our narrator and protagonist is in a mental hospital. He has been hospitalised for several of his mental and emotional conditions. This sets up the novel's tone as a tragedy. Further into the novel we find out about all of the death in Holden’s life, specifically the death of his younger brother allie and how that has affected him and how he has changed because of it. The death of allie has caused him to realise how cruel, dark, and terrible the world is. There was also the death of his classmate. One of his classmates borrowed a sweater from Holden and of course he never gets it back in fact that student decided to end his own life by throwing himself out a window. Eventually the classmate was buried in this sweater. How could Holden possibly be happy considering tragedies like these happening all around him. It puts Holden's view of life into perspective considering his brilliant brother died young and he was left here to live without Allie in his life. After losing Allie, Holden seems to lose the value in his own life. Which is heavily foreshadowed by the author himself when Holden says “I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead.”. Holden went throughout the entire novel looking for a reason to live and to feel something. All

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