Analysis Of Holden Caufield In The Catcher In The Rye

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When you’re a kid you get asked this one particular question a lot. It really gets kind of annoying. “ What do you want to be when you grow up?” Adults are hoping for answers like “ I want to be an astronaut” or “When I grow up I want to be a Neurosurgeon”. Adults and their imaginations. But Holden Caufield is different. He just simply wants to be a Catcher In The Rye” “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids and nobody 's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I 'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean, if they 're running and they don 't look where they 're…show more content…
Another frequent symbol in The Catcher in the Rye that shows up throughout the book is Allie, Houlden’s younger brother. Holden adores Allie and is very distressed about his premature death when Holden was thirteen because of leukemia. 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. “You’d have liked him… He was terrifically intelligent… But it wasn’t just that he was the most intelligent member of the family. He was also the nicest”. Holden loved his brother more than anything and when he died, he punched out all the windows in the garage. He said that "my hand still hurts me once in a while." This is symbolic of the love he had and still has for his little brother; he even quotes later that "you don 't stop loving someone because they die" proving that he still cares for him. He may even think he had something to do with his death or he caused it. Sometimes little kids think stuff like that. Holden also says that " I can 't make a real fist any more-not a tight one." If his fist represents his love for his brother or his heart then maybe he can 't love again. When he meets up with Sally he said he felt like marrying her than he discards it by saying "I don 't even like her much." Holden is afraid to love again because of the way his heart and fist was broken when Allie died. As Holden gets more and more upset throughout his days in New York, Allie is a…show more content…
Around every corner Holden sees evil. He looks out on a world which appears completely immoral and unscrupulous. The three days we learn of from the novel place a distressed Holden in the vicinity of Manhattan. The city is decked with decorations and holiday splendor, yet, much to Holden 's despair "seldom yields any occasions of peace, charity or even genuine merriment." Holden is surrounded by what he views as drunks, perverts, morons and screwballs. These convictions which Holden holds waver very momentarily during only one particular scene in the book. The scene is that with Mr. Antolini. After Mr. Antolini patted Holden on the head while he was sleeping, Holden jumped up and ran out thinking that Mr. Antolini was a pervert as well. This is the only time during the novel where Holden thinks twice about considering someone as a pervert. After reviewing Mr. Antolini, Holden finally concludes that maybe he wasn 't making a "flitty pass” at him. Maybe he just like patting guys’ heads as they sleep. This is really the only time in the novel where Holden actually considers a positive side. This event does not constitute a significant change. As Holden says, "It 's not too bad when the sun 's out, but the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out." The sun of course is a reference to decency through the common association of light and goodness. His perception of the

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