Stradlater In Catcher In The Rye

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Throughout the book The Catcher in the Rye, Holden encounters multiple problems as a troubled teen. Holden either runs into or creates the troubled situations with people, which are constantly demonstrated by the author in the book. Oddly enough, Holden only encounters problems with people when he talks about wanting others company. Now, Holden’s childhood may not be “normal” but his problems with Stradlater, the cab drivers and Mr. Antolini are what shaped his life into what it is now. Within the first few chapters and later on in the book, the author shows Holden’s emotions toward Stradlater very prominently. The author mainly keeps Holden’s thoughts in his head but other time Holden will lash out because of the circumstances. Holden is the guy just trying to fit in with everyone, whereas Stradlater is the popular, handsome, and self-satisfied guy at Pency Prep. No wonder Holden’s always running into problems with him. It all started when Stradlater asked Holden to write an English composition for him while he went on a date with Holden’s old friend, Jane Gallagher. Based off of how Holden was describing Jane…show more content…
(85-87) It’s pretty obvious that Holden had feelings toward Jane and the fact that Stradlater wouldn’t give any information about their date is what frustrated Holden. To add to Holden’s frustration, the composition that he decided to write for Stradlater was about his brother Allie’s, baseball mitt, and not about some room or a house like Stradlater said to write about. So in anger that the composition wasn’t written the way he liked it; Stradlater decided to reject the composition and bash Holden for his
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