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Catcher In the Rye

The book Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger is one of his finest books in which he describes the characters so intensely.The main character, Holden Caulfield, is the most complex character in the book. His personality changes so frequently, which gives him countless character traits. The story begins when Holden is being kicked out of his prep school in Pennsylvania. He tells about his family and how his brother D.B. is in Hollywood making movies. Holden despises movies; he can't even stand talking about them. J.D Salinger uses an interesting vernacular for Holden. He expresses his view through pain and pleasure.
Holden also greatly stands as a critic of society. He takes a stance against phoniness, hypocrisy, obscenity, and passiveness. In the book Holden talks about how everyone in the world is phony, at one point Holden goes to the movie and the lady that sat next to him couldn't stop crying, Holden thought that was extremely spurious because the movie was about a man that looses his conscience and his girlfriend is terribly upset, so then the man magically wakes up and they finally get married.That was especially phony to Holden. But what made it even phonier was that the lady sitting next to him was crying the whole movie. He thought she was very benevolent to think something like a movie was sad but she was yelling at her child the entire time so Holden changed his mind about the benevolent lady. Also Holden talks about how everybody at Pency Prep is phony, Especially the teachers. Firstly, the ad for Pency in the magazines or newspapers is extremely phony because it states, "
Holden is by far the most complex character in the book (arguable the only complex character). He serves three major purposes in the novel. Firstly, he stands as a critic of society, taking a stance against phoniness, hypocrisy, obscenity, and passiveness. Secondly, he is an adolescent, caught between the

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Catcher in the Rye

The ducks, the red hat, and Allie are used as symbols in The Catcher in the Rye.
Another frequent topic in The Catcher in the Rye is Holden’s younger brother Allie. Holden adores Allie and is very distressed about his premature death. It is easy to say that Allie’s death was the beginning of a downward spiral in Holden’s life. According to Holden, Allie was one of the most lovable people ever. “You’d have liked him… He was terrifically intelligent. . . But it wasn’t just that he was the most intelligent member in the family. He was also the nicest” (38).
As Holden gets more and more upset throughout his days in New York, Allie is a recurring thought. Holden seems to use Allie as a sort of medicine. Thinking of Allie both comforts him and upsets him. On his last day in New York, there is even a point when Holden walks on the street talking aloud to Allie. “‘Allie, don’t let me disappear… Please, Allie.’ And then when I’d reach the other side of the street without disappearing, I’d thank him”(198).
Holden feels guilty about some things with Allie. One particular instance that Holden dwells on is a summer day when Allie wanted to accompany Holden and a friend on a bike ride. “Allie heard us talking about it, and he wanted to go, and I wouldn’t let him. I told him he was a child” (99). Now Holden replays this situation in his mind, only this time he includes Allie.
Allie will always remain a child in Holden’s eyes. In a way, this helps Holden cope with his death. Holden doesn’t want any children to grow into adults and it is impossible for Allie to – he is eternally young. This leads to the immense amount of adoration Holden feels towards Allie. Allie is lucky, he doesn’t have to deal with the negative aspects of life anymore.
Another symbol that Salinger brings into the book with Holden is the scenes with the ducks at Central Park. ” I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon go all icy and frozen over” (


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