Holden Caulfield Alienation Quotes

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In the story “The Catcher In The Rye”, by J.D. Salinger many influences about alienation can be made throughout the chapters. Holden Caulfield is a wealthy teen who is confused about himself and where he would fit in life. Although Holden goes to a private school where he would find common interests with other kids who are in the same financial state as him he is pretty isolated. Holden tends to hate confrontation, throughout the novel and always is about to do something but chooses in the end to not. Caulfield is his own antagonist he craves company but takes pride in his idea of people being too “phony” that he pushes everyone away, he takes his own happiness away and alienates himself from people who love and want to help him. When attending Pencey prep Caulfield spent his time hating everyone and did not socialize with others. He talks about how everyone when going to football games all hang out but he never mentions himself going to…show more content…
His interactions with people continue when he is in New York because he runs into some old friends and calls them up. He called Sally up his ex-girlfriend to go on a date, he plans something she would like after he claims he does not care about her. While on their date Holden brings up how he wants to run away with Sally without really thinking his idea through. He only really was hanging out with her for a couple hours, this was the first time they hung out in months and he expected sally to jump up and say yes (she did not). Holden and Sally get into an argument about his “plan” to run away together instead of talking it through and being more mature about the situation. He proves that he does not really care for friendships or others because he still needs a lot of growing up to

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