Examples Of Sloth In Catcher In The Rye

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Throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden, and the people he talks to, show signs of the Seven Deadly Sins continually through the novel; specifically sloth. Even though, Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy that does not apply himself, exhibited signs of sloth which is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Holden has attended three different schools in the past and was expelled from all three. The book began with Holden at a school in Pennsylvania, Pencey Prep, talking about his life and his roommate and the guy next door; Stradlater and Ackley. The reader found out Holden had been expelled from Pency when he talked about Christmas vacation. Holden was kicked out, “on account of I was flunking four subjects and not…show more content…
He had done this a few other times in the book, and it was usually because he was to lazy to go to a pay phone. Holden was an average teenage boy with inherently evil tendencies. Eventually, Holden went to see his little sister Phoebe, late at night, when his parents were out of the house. Holden and Phoebe ended up talking until his parents got home and, then he snuck back out of the house. A while later, Holden went to Phoebe's school, and while he was on the staircase, he saw swear words written on the wall and tried to wipe them off. Holden attempted to explain why, but stopped and remarked, “I can't explain … And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it” (Salinger 135). Again, Holden stoped saying something because he did not feel like it. Holden was lazy; he never finished what he tried to say. Holden may have been lazy, but just because he showed signs of sloth did not mean he was a bad person. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger, Holden frequently provides examples of sloth; even the people he talked about throughout the novel showed signs of the Seven Deadly
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