At only age 16, Holden Caulfield struggles with basic day-to-day interactions and obstacles. When he comes across people, he is very selective over whom he lets in and how much he opens up. In “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, Holden displays that he is a sensitive subject to work with on many different occasions. When dealing with family, it’s a touchy subject with which he does not like discussing a ton. When thinking about his siblings, Holden starts to reveal himself as a semi-sensitive guy.
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all.
Reflection Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D Salinger’s book The Catcher in the Rye, goes through many tough challenges in life trying to figure who he is. He constantly pretends to act old than he is, but inside, he is scared of growing up. He is also scared of those around him growing up losing their innocence. To symbolize Holden Caulfield and his fear of adulthood, I drew Peter Pan, a Walt Disney character known his choice of never growing up and staying young forever.
Holden Caulfield is the main character and narrator, in the novel Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger. He is a teenager (16/17) who refuses to grow up, and is continuously struggling with the fact that life goes on. The novel portrays him as a struggling teen that is stuck right in between the world of innocence, childhood, and the tricky world of adulthood. Holden’s’ two younger siblings Allie, who is no longer alive, and Pheobe are the main interest for him because he sees them as 2 people that are able to be saved from the adulthood and be kept innocent from the adult world. Holden despises the adult world due to the amount of responsibility an adult usually has because he is simply afraid of it.
The Catcher And The Rye by J.D. Salinger is an epic novel where our main character Holden Caulfield faces many challenges that challenge him as a young man such as growing up, rebellion, and love. Holden like most teenagers is rebellious but to an extreme nature. After flunking out of his fourth school the last one being Pencey Prep he refuses to tell his mother and father. In wanting to avoid this confrontation he leaves three days earlier taking a train back to Manhattan. Where he goes on adventure that turns him into a young man.
In the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden was molded into someone with a more hopeful future. He went from a life of sloth and indifference to fighting for children and generously helping save their innocence. Holden first displays the sin of sloth through all aspects of his life, especially in his schooling. He is failing four out of five of his classes. Holden is a high school student and has been expelled of four schools already for academic failure.
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.
When I was younger, I can remember one of my friends telling me during recess that every single person in this world besides ourselves were fake. She told me that everyone was a robot and we were the only two people with actual emotions and real feelings whereas everybody else was merely just a fake being and pre-programed. For a couple of days, I really did believe in what she was telling me. In youth, people are much more susceptible to believing in false realities and not truly understanding all that is around them as well as all the people around them. In the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caufield too, falls into the falsities that coincide with youth.
In the book Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield states that he wants to be a catcher in a field of rye. Holden wants to give kids the opportunity to stay innocent. He wants to give them the opportunity to be caught, to be saved from all the responsibilities that one acquires when becoming an adult. He wants to catch them and push them back into their youth, back to where they had someone to talk to, and when they had friends that they could talk to and have fun with. In Holden’s life, he has suffered an immense loss, the loss of his little brother Allie.
In J.D Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield portrays the role of a teenage boy that struggles to come in terms with the reality of growing up. As he goes around New York searching for the answers to his problems, he encounters various people that either add to his struggles or help him. It is seen, though, that most of those he encounters add to his complexity with the adult world. This aids him in alienating himself to protect what childhood innocence he has left. Out of those he meets, the ones that had him distance himself most are Sally Hayes, a girl that Holden dates from time to time, and Mr. Antolini, one of Holden’s former teachers.