Holden Caulfield Essays

  • Holden Caulfield Misfit Essay

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    by society, looked down upon by everyone else around you, never to fit in. This is the life that Holden Caulfield has to live. Holden Caulfield is a character in the book, The Catcher In the Rye, that is viewed as a misfit but assigned this label by society around him. Holden just has a different perspective on the world than everyone else, causing him to be seen as lower than everyone else. Holden doesn't believe in how materialistic things make you happy, he doesn't agree with people pretending

  • Characteristics Of Holden Caulfield

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    Holden´s Behavior Holden Caulfield is a teenager growing up in 1950’s America. He has been through an ordeal, both physically and mentally, and is going through a pivotal time in his life, arguably caused by the death of his brother, Allie, only a few short years before. Holden runs away from his school, Pencey Prep, and wanders around New York for the vast majority of the story. During this journey, he is faced with the fact that he must grow up, something he does not take lightly. While it may

  • Holden Caulfield Character Analysis Essay

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    Within the novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger, the character of Holden Caulfield, has been presented as a complex character. His life begins in turmoil, due to the death of his little brother. Holden despises the loss of innocence among children, which is shown through his vivid thoughts of catching children, preventing them from falling into adulthood. He later struggles academically and socially, he fails school and struggles to socialise. He experiences physical and emotional collapse

  • Holden Caulfield Misfit Analysis

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    In Tthe ‘Catcher In The Rye’, J.D. Salinger portrays a fascinating and intriguing adolescent misfit character with great depth named Holden Caulfield. What is a misfit exactly? A misfit is a person that is not suited or is unable to adjust to the circumstances of his or her particular situation. Holden is a misfit because of his alienation problem, his conflict with ‘phoniness’ and his struggle growing up. Throughout the novel, you can clearly feel Holden’s alienation from the rest of the novel

  • Characteristics Of Holden Caulfield In Catcher In The Rye

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    In the book, The Catcher in The Rye, Holden Caulfield narrates his journey from his expulsion from high school to New York. In the beginning of the book, Holden Caulfield is very apathetic to his academics and fails out of school; however, by the end of the book, Caulfield begins to realize this through his conversations with his teachers Mr. Spencer and Mr. Antolini. A major change Holden experiences are when Phoebe asks to run away with him. He denies her request aggressively and makes her cry

  • Holden Caulfield Character In Catcher In The Rye

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    Holden Caulfield has often been depicted as rebel against the norms of 1950s American society by the readers of The Catcher in the Rye because of his desire to escape society and by rejecting the ideal of the American dream that societal institutions attempt to instill within him. However, throughout J. D. Salinger 's novel, the 16 year old’s anguish and actions reflect that he is still coming to terms with the death of his younger brother, Allie. Due to his grief, Holden is someone who cares more

  • Holden Caulfield Phony Analysis

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    Sixteen year old Holden Caulfield is the narrator and the main character of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Holden constantly encounters people who strike him as “phony,” a word he applies to anything that is unauthentic or otherwise fake. Throughout this Holden reveals to us that he hates phonies, while still calling himself a “terrific liar”. Throughout the book Holden constantly expresses his hatred for “phonies.” Holden labels anyone who isn’t genuine a phony. This trend of dishonesty

  • Holden Caulfield In The Rye

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    Holden Caulfield is a regular individual, yet he has had some traumatic incidents during his life. I believe that these things are the reason that Holden has been acting weird with his actions and his beliefs. The mixture between major depression and a memorable event in his life has caused him to act out throughout his life and caused him to be put into a mental home, although he does not need to be there. Holden’s problem isn’t something wrong with him mentally but something that went wrong with

  • Illness In Holden Caulfield

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    the main character, Holden Caulfield, narrates his experience during a two-day period of the previous December that led to his eventual hospitalization. Holden is 16 years old and is suffering from depression, mood swings and general poor health due to his chronic smoking habit. He has a history of school expulsions due to his failing grades and has recently learned that he will no longer be attending his prestigious boarding school, Pencey Prep for the same reason. Holden is from New York, and

  • Character Analysis Of Holden Caulfield

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    Holden Caulfield, an arrogant, depressive, rebellious and troubled teenager, has captured the attention and the respect of many. It was Holden`s actions and attitude towards the world and society that made him different from the other characters. Teens of diverse backgrounds often connect with Holden`s character. The main purpose of this connection lies under Holden`s brave and self-ruling nature and the readers completely opposite nature. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, is a 16 years old

  • Use Of Inhumanity In J. D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye

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    time in which Salinger’s pain could only be interpreted by pen and paper. Much of Salinger’s reclusive nature is reflected upon in the protagonist, Holden Caulfield and his refusal to allow the adult American society to steal his innocence and curiosity. The Catcher in the Rye is a novel detailing the psyche of a troubled teenage boy, Holden Caulfield, and his struggled transition from the childhood he once

  • Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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    of Endless Childhood The main setting of The Catcher in the Rye is New York City, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist’s hometown. He decides to wander around the city before heading home, to prevent his parents from noticing that he’s been expelled from his school. Out of all the places he visits in NYC, the two most notable ones are the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. The museum is an illusion of how Holden wishes the world was. In the novel, he says: “Nobody’d be different. The only thing

  • Holden Caulfield In The Catcher In The Rye

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    empathetic. So, would Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, qualify as a good friend? In some ways he would be a good friend, in some ways he would not. Holden Caulfield is a rebellious teenager, who doesn’t live a stable life. He is judgemental, dishonest, and apathetic. Although at times he can be kind and caring. Overall, Holden Caulfield would not make a good friend. Firstly, Caulfield is judgemental. When with his roommate Stradlater, Caulfield states, “He was

  • Holden Caulfield Alienation Quotes

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    influences about alienation can be made throughout the chapters. Holden Caulfield is a wealthy teen who is confused about himself and where he would fit in life. Although Holden goes to a private school where he would find common interests with other kids who are in the same financial state as him he is pretty isolated. Holden tends to hate confrontation, throughout the novel and always is about to do something but chooses in the end to not. Caulfield is his own antagonist he craves company but takes pride

  • Character Traits In Holden Caulfield

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    Holden Caulfield is the main character in the novel. He is in his teenage years (16-17 years old). Holden tells his story from a mental institution in southern California. His appearance is tall and skinny with partly grey hair. His general health is poor due to alcohol and drugs which he un-responsibly consumes which has an impact on his appearance, looking out of shape. Some traits which Holden possesses is the fact that he is depressed, confused, angry, anxious, insightful, thoughtful, kind, and

  • Holden Caulfield Unreliable Narrator Analysis

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    people are unreliable narrators. The unreliable narrators that we encounter day to day are ones that can’t be trusted. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has many influences that make him unreliable narrator throughout his journey in the story such as his profanity, his immaturity and the way he speaks the readers. To begin, Holden Caulfield in the story uses many different ways to express his feeling to us specifically in profanity. When on his journey for

  • The Hero's Journey In Star Wars And Spirited Away

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    Voluminous people say that the journey is much more imperative than the destination. Others beg to differ. What makes a journey really important in a story or a film is reading or observing how the main character grows, progresses and acquires how to deal with all kinds of circumstances. To be considered a true ‘hero’, one must pass trials which induce the audience of heroism. This is what keeps the audience’s attention. Examples of this can be seen in both films “Star Wars” and “Spirited Away”.

  • Subaltern Bakha In Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable

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    17/PELA/034 Subaltern Bakha in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable Mulk Raj Anand’s first novel Untouchable is a unique experiment in the art of fiction by its concentration on a single day’s experience in the life of its hero, Bakha. Anand’s achievement in the novel becomes more striking when we think that the hero is a sweeper boy of just eighteen. He was a member of the untouchable community whose life is nothing but uneventful to an ordinary observer. The novel becomes a great work by drawing into

  • Holden Caulfield Admirable Character Analysis

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    figure that teens should look up to? The answer is no, and the man expressed in the example is Holden Caulfield. In the Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, like his peers, had the potential to become anything he’d like to be, but instead, Holden sulked in his own grief of being a teenager and essentially gave up on himself, figuring that the future would accommodate him because of his family 's wealth. Holden held a disrespectful tongue in addition to his likeness to fabricate white lies to anyone

  • The Sputnik Sweetheart Analysis

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    The book I decided to talk about is The Sputnik Sweetheart written by Haruki Murakami. The book was published in 1999 in Japan and was translated to English in 2001. Born in Kobe on January 12, 1949, Haruki Murakami is nowadays a renowned Japanese writer. It met his first success with Hear Wind Sing. His writings are particularly marked by the importance of human feelings. The main character of this novel is named Sumire and wants to become a writer. Sumire falls in love with an older woman, Miu