Holden's Dream Of Becoming The Catcher In The Rye

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in original). When Holden calls Carl Luce, an acquaintance whom Holden hates, as a last resort, he comes the closest to the truth about himself. By telling him “your mind is immature” (147), Luce acknowledges that Holden is in need of psychoanalysis or some such professional help, but, in true Holden fashion, he laughs it off. Instead, Holden starts formulating the idea that he will solve his problems by retreating to “a little cabin somewhere with the dough I made and stay there for the rest of my life” (199). In contrast to this isolation, he also dreams of becoming the “catcher in the rye” and protecting children from falling into that terrible world of adulthood. If he is beyond help, he can save others from the same
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