What Is Holden's Perception Of Women In Catcher In The Rye

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When attempting to comprehend an adolescent such as Holden Caulfield, one must always consider how he is a high born, lost, confused and an immature young man. That explains why his bewildered perception of women is greatly targeted and expressed throughout the novel, The Catcher In The Rye. J.D salinger, the author of the book, exemplified tremendous effort to objectify most women in the text. This created vast controversy between societies outlook on women in the book versus Holden’s perception of them. There are only two female figures in which Holden truly admires, his younger sister Phoebe, and Jane Ghallaher. Besides them there isn't really any other women that is respected. Holden usually generalizes when he speaks of women, and …show more content…

His sister phoebe and Jane ghallaher. Phoebe symbolizes childhood innocence and wittiness for Holden, she is genuine and pure. “You should see her. You never saw a little kid so pretty and smart in your whole life...I mean she's had all A's ever since she started school...You'd like her. I mean if you tell old Phoebe something, she knows exactly what the hell you're talking about.” This quote shows Holden’s respect and affection for his sister. Holden never praises anything throughout the entire book other than phoebe and Jane. Caulfield’s extreme attachment to phoebe could be a result of how his younger brother Allie died from leukemia, He put phoebe on a pedestal and learned to cherish her. He considers her his one true friend and the only person he can truthfully confide in, since criticism is his parents middle name and his brother “prostituted” him self fin La. Jane Gallagher is a significant character in the novel because she is a character that holden unfeignedly liked and was attracted to. He is not afraid to be himself around her. For example, his brother Allie’s baseball glove is an object that holden holds incredibly close to his heart as he considers it a connection between him and his late sibling. Holden profoundly expresses how Jane is the only one besides him and his family who has ever seen the glove.This is because the amount of trust Holden has for Jane is inevitable. “ She was the only one, outside my family, that I ever showed Allie's baseball mitt to”

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