Spencer why he had to fail him. His quest is to hold on to his adolescent self and to save other children from the pain of growth. Again, this shows his growing compassion and indiscriminate love. Only by facing the world and loving it indiscriminately can anyone live fully within it and have any hope of changing it. This makes him a very negative person.
Even if he does not realize it, Holden does many of the things that he tells readers he hates. When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddam corridor. Lillian Antolini Serious, older, asthmatic, intellectual, and wealthy, Antolini's wife is a somewhat enigmatic partner for the popular young instructor. Allie was only 11 years old when he died of leukemia while in Maine for the summer. The novel's narrator and protagonist, Holden is a seventeen year-old high school junior who has flunked out of prep school several times. He is critical enough, however, to realize that these things are wrong.
I mean you can even take her anywhere with you. One would think this because of many problems Holden Caufield is faced with. Later, Salinger more fully develops the contrast between squalor and love in the world and reintroduces various elements of his Caulfield family saga in his grand design of charting the story of the Glass family. In chapter nine Holden tells us about some ducks that he sees in the central park lagoon. His mentioning of the boring boy he knew in school who could whistle better than anyone is the perfect example: Holden cannot help but confront people as individuals. His solipsistic self-destruction makes him unable to grasp the consequences of his actions, such as when he chooses humor and argues that he somehow is not responsible after he loses the fencing equipment on the trip to New York.
It is emotion, not reason that motivates the characters in literature. Character 7 Allie Caulfield Allie Caulfield is the younger brother of Holden and an important character in the novel. I felt more depressed than sexy, if you want to know the truth. George Something A friend of Sally Hayes from Andover. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree.
Holden's dorm wing is named after the mortician magnate. The one value that he tends to espouse is authenticity, but he has no concrete definition of what this entails. Ward Stradlater Holden's roommate at Pencey is handsome but vain and a boorish womanizer. As the novel opens, Holden stands poised on the cliff separating childhood from adulthood. Among others, Holden finds himself facing the issues of acceptance of death, growing up, and his own self-destructiveness. Character 9 Maurice Working as an elevator operator, Maurice meets Holden when he visits his hotel.
The only people with whom he can communicate are the two young boys at the museum, the girl with the skates at the park, and his younger sister Phoebe: All of them are children, who cannot help him in his growing pains but remind him of a simpler time, one to which he wishes he could return. Stradlater represents the type of phony that Holden despises. I damn near puked, listening to him. Holden Caulfield is acknowledged as an unreliable narrator evidenced through. Holden Caulfield - The protagonist and narrator of the novel, Holden is a sixteen-year-old junior who has just been expelled for academic failure from a school called Pencey Prep. He was trapped by his own assumptions, by his own actions, and his own mind psychologically.
Holden Caufield is the protagonist and narrator of The Catcher in the Rye. Furthermore, Holden often thinks of Allie because of how much he means to him. Because she's still a kid, she has all these little nervous habits that force Holden to see her as an individual rather than a prostitute. Phoebe… 660 Words 3 Pages Alexa Noelle Mrs. Holden tries to explain it to his date, Sally: 'You ought to go to a boys' school sometime. To Holden, the change from childhood to adulthood is a kind of death, a death he fears because of his conviction that he will become other than he is.
One could also read Holden's transient relationship with many different boarding schools to Salinger's transient relationship with marriages, of which he had three. The whole arrangement's designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. Analyzing The Catcher in the Rye The basic story of The Catcher in the Rye follows the adventures of sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield, an independent, self-indulgent, idealistic, and sentimental figure of adolescent rebellion, during a forty-eight-hour period after he has been expelled from Pencey Prep, the latest of three expulsions for Holden. Hilden has been hurt before and he makes that very obvious when he speaks of his brother Allie and his death. That's all I do all day. Firstly, Holden relies on drugs for a way out of his problems instead of facing them.
With the exception of Mr. When Holden is walking down the street and he comes to an intersection, he feels like he is disappearing as he walks. It is her pressure that inspires his epiphany—that what he truly wants to do in life is help preserve its innocence, beauty, and charm. In this lesson, we learn more about Holden Caulfield. A final conflict in the life of Holden Caufield is his own self-destructiveness. I was personally acquainted with at least two girls he gave the time to.
Ackley is a pimply, insecure boy with terrible dental hygiene. Holden then dreaded going home because he said his parents would kill him if they found out he flunked out of boarding school. It should be noted that in some ways, Holden Caulfield's adolescent life mimics the author J. Although he is intelligent and sensitive, Holden narrates in a cynical and jaded voice. You could go there a hundred times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and their pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Holden constantly thinks of himself in a negative light, which plays a role in why he flunked out of Pencey and why he is in such a depressed state. The Catcher in the Rye shows how a teenage mind works.