Holden Caulfield Identity

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An individual's identity is the expression of the unique circumstances that develop a person's morality, and how they interact with the world; The theme of identity in J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" is expressed through Holden Caulfield's confusion and naivety to the world around him as he struggles to reconcile his past with the changing world around him. The character Holden Caulfield is shown to have been faced with a troubled past filled with deaths at a young age. When Holden has to face an adult world filled with sexual expression the innocence of his youthful identity is challenged by the sexuality of adolescence. Furthermore his identity is explored through Holden's cynicism to the adults in his life as a result of his child

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