He realizes that there is a loss of innocence in the real world. The events that Holden went through gave him a new perception of the world. He has to rethink his challenged dreams. Therefore, Holden grows up by the end of the novel socially and emotionally. Holden went through a vast journey from the beginning to the end of the book.
Holden does not allow himself to have friendship because of his dull attitude. In the beginning of the book, the reader knows that Holden is lonely when he separates himself from the rest of the Pencey students by watching the football game (as I stated before) from Thomsen Hill and not the grandstands. Holden is not a very sociable person partly because he finds himself better than many others. Another event in which Holden showed ostracization was when he encountered the prostitute, Sunny. He wanted to connect and interact with her but just couldn’t click.
Chapter 14 Analysis: It is easy to tell that Holden is not mentally well. He can not seem to get over his brother’s death even though it has been years since it happened. It takes time for someone to grieve their loss but Holden’s hallucinations suggest that what he needs is professional care. 15. Chapter 15 Quote: “It isn’t important, I know, but I hate it when somebody has cheap suitcases.
Holden learns so much on his journey, and finally accepts what society has to offer him. Society accepts him back, and Holden is rebirthed into an adult with new knowledge to benefit society. First off, Holden is portrayed as this terrible delinquent. “This is about the fourth school I’ve gone
In the following quote, the prostitute comes to Holden’s hotel, Holden declines to have sex with her and instead wants to mingle: “Don’t you feel like talking for a while. I asked her, It was a childish thing to say, but I was feeling so damn peculiar” (106). Holden isolates himself from all the people he loves and cares about like his family and Jane because he persists afraid of rejection. However, at the same time, Holden desires to have affection so badly, with anyone, even just talking with someone will satisfy him. For his lack of affection blooms into immense loneliness.
Spencer, to Holden, takes place near the beginning of the book, as Holden is bidding him farewell. It is a stern comment, showing how serious and straightforward Mr. Spencer is. It is significant because this "game" shows how Holden is taught to abide to the social norms, norms that include the higher class' dominance over the lower class. Furthermore, this shows how contrasted Holden is by this statement, due to the fact that he does not want to be unfair towards those with less wealth, despite how wealthy he is himself. Holden's refusal, his refusal to play "according to the rules," shows how unique but unstable he is, and how his many unethical or unnatural thoughts may originate from his transformation from a child, to an adult.
When he asks Holden if he wants to hire a prostitute, Holden agrees even though, “It was against [his] principles and all, but [he] was feeling so depressed [he] didn’t even think” (102). By not following his moral principles, Holden’s ingenuity as well as his phoniness is depicted. It makes Holden unreasonable at his aversion towards those he believes are fake. The various times Holden is incapable of living up to his own moral standards make his contempt for phonies
Many claim that Holden is only a confused teen who is going through a transitional period in his life. They claim that many teens do not understand what is happening at that stage in their life. Most teens, however, do not go to the same extremes as Holden does in the story. Holden considers running away to a different state, which is something that most people his age would not even consider. People also use Holden’s grief over his brother’s death to say that Holden does not have a mental illness.
He took the wrong path and made bad decisions such as involving himself with prostitutes, consuming alcohol illegally, and ultimately leaving his family because of being kicked out of his prestigious school. After experiencing all of this, Holden decides to dedicate the rest of his life to protecting the kids from falling into the adult world too quickly. To help them preserve their innocence and adolescence. Holden has come to this decision because he ruled out all other professions. For example, he didn’t want to pursue his father’s job of being a lawyer because he did not know whether lawyers helped people for the genuine satisfaction of it or to receive money.
Growing up was the last thing Holden ever wanted to do. Though Holden tries utmost to fit in the adult world, but he can’t find the right path to follow to. He sees the world in with a different view of the people and society. The number of people he enjoys being with are as many as how many fingers in a human’s hand. Everywhere he seems to go, he has some bad things to say about it.