Who Is Holden's Character?

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The knowledge of how a character would act throughout a story. This knowledge is the key to understanding the development of the character. The author uses this concept to develop their character’s personality and how they would act in specific situations outside their normal “comfort zone”. This concept also helps the reader understand a character 's motivation and purpose in the story. In the case of Holden, his character is always talking to the reader instead of talking to other characters and he focuses himself on trying to preserve the innocence of people. However, whenever Holden tries to converse with another character his words seem to not make much sense. He seems to cry for help to people that won’t listen. But when talking to the…show more content…
Kerr and Meghan Hoyer delves into the problem of students across America being absent from schools. This issue is explored in this article by showing the reader percentages of chronic absences in the United States. This issue was so bad in 2013-2014 that former president Barack Obama tried to help fix the issue by starting a program that works in 30 communities that tries to identify mentors that can work with students that are habitually absent from school. This program also as part of the effort donated “state” backpacks for students. This part of the program donated 30,000 bags to students that were part of the program. As a member of the program NBA star Kevin Durant works with the initiative. "’Sometimes the reasons come down to not having what you need to be present and ready ... like a book bag, school supplies or the support of a caring adult,’ Durant said in a statement” (Kerr). This article mainly refers to the rapidly growing problem of many students skipping…show more content…
Be that as it may, Holden still wishes that his sister would go back to school after he told her that he wasn’t leaving. Holden is adamant that he doesn’t want children to follow his path even though he would not verbalize it to a reader. This is shown countless times throughout the novel “’come on, hey I’ll walk you back to school,’ I said. ‘I’m not going back to school.’ I didn’t know what to say when she said that. I just stood there for a couple of minutes” (Salinger 208). This shows that although Holden did skip out of many of his classes, he still believes that children should go to school. Holden shows that toward the end of the book when he gets angry with Phoebe for skipping out on school. He would rather her not be with him and go to the play that she desired to go to, rather let her go with him and miss the play. This proves that Holden would rather have a student go to school rather than be out in the
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