How Did Holden Become The Catcher In The Rye

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Holden struggles to become the catcher in the rye. He want to do something in his life and just does not know who to accomplish his goal. Holden is faced with certain challenges that he must overcome before he can save anyone. When explaining his dream to Phoebe Holden says,“I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff” Salinger 191 pg. Everyone knows Holden wants to protect the innocents of women and children, but can he do it, while discovering who he is and why he has to start his live all over again. Holden gets kicked out of his Pencey for not applying himself. Holden’s teacher could tell this that is why he made Holden listen to the essay and notes that said “quote”. Holden could not have known the facts but he could have at least known how to right a very grammarly correct and interesting essay. He note at the end also showed the Holden gave up. Holden shows no real remorse for flunking out of Pencey but does feel bad for his…show more content…
At first it seems like he only cares for Jane and Phoebe but while looking deeper he is trying to protect all the females. He does not want to take advantage of any woman. When he is necking with a girl and she tells him to stop he does right away. He might feel like it is a fault but it he him trying to be the catcher in the rye, making sure no one will regret the night after. Even when he buys the prostitute he could not have sex with her because he saw her as a girl not as a toy to have sex with. Holden also protect woman from being bad mouthed like with when Luce said, “she’s probably the Whore of New Hampshire by this time” Salinger 160. Holden responds with “That isn't nice. If she was decent enough to let you get sexy with her all the time, you at least shouldn’t talk about her that way.” Salinger 160 Holden tries to respect and protect all the “nice” or innocence in the
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