Holden Caulfield Controversy

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As controversial as it is, I found The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, captivating and relatable. In the novel, dysfunctional teenager named Holden Caulfield struggles in the world between childhood and adulthood. He divulges little about his childhood or parents in the novel and seems cynical from the start. His relationships fall apart easily and often at due to his own frailty. He believes the world owes him something. The novel is an admirable representation that not all conflicts are external. I can relate to his bitterness and difficulty maintaining positive relationships. In the novel, Holden appears to experience emotions in a different way than the other characters. It is as if he feels things deeper, more intensely than others.
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