Main Characters In The Catcher In The Rye

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Abstract This research will explore the psychology approach on the main characters of the selected text which are The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D.Salinger and the coming-of-age epistolary novel by Stephen Chbosky entitled The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999). The paper mainly focuses on the personality problems which are the alienation from society and the phoniness world of main characters in both text, Holden Caulfield and Charlie respectively. Through the story as a teenager, both character seem to face different challenges on the journey through their childhood to adulthood. As the whole, the paper will use the personality structure by Sigmund Freud theory as a factor to explore more about the personality problems of the selected…show more content…
Young Holden Caulfield is barred from school because of his poor academic performance. He is scared to see his parents before than they should assume him, so he decides to stay in a New York City hotel. There he encounters pimps, prostitutes and “queers.” Soon he becomes conscious that the world of adults is a “phony” one. After his gathering with a friend, Holden snitches back home to meet his kid sister Phoebe. She is a loving kid, but her talk about their father “killing” him disgusts him. Sneaking out of home, he goes to see his former teacher, Mr. Antolini, only to discover that his honorable teacher is a homosexual. And he escapes from Antolini’s house. Holden feels himself sinking. Then he resolves to go west and devote the rest of his life there. When he goes to say goodbye to his sister Phoebe, she asserts on going with him. This unpredicted act of love drives him out of his dream and his nightmarish three-day journey in New York. Finally he went home, falls sick, and recovers in a psychiatric ward in California. It is there that he narrates his miserable story of emergent in The Catcher in the
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