Catcher In The Rye Holden's Problem Essay

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In Need of a Catcher His life is spiraling downward. He is drowning in his own self pity. He has no motivation or reason to live and he is slowing slipping away from existence. Such is the existence of Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. However, should one analyze Holden’s many problems, it becomes clear that all of his problems were brought on by himself. Holden’s tendency to put himself in destructive situations, his inability to survive in social scenarios, and his inability to understand human behavior all add up to the fact that Holden is responsible for all of the problems he is faced with. Many of Holden’s problems stem from his habit of placing himself under disadvantageous circumstances. If Holden were to avoid this type of situation many of his problems wouldn’t exist. For example, in the middle of the novel Holden decides to go to Ernie’s, a nightclub he used to visit with his brother. However, despite Holden’s decision to go to the club, he still goes on to say the following: “[Ernie is] a terrific snob and he won’t hardly even talk…show more content…
In the middle of the novel, Holden decides to get together with Sally Hayes. He takes her to a movie and afterwards they go ice-skating. Later, they rest at a table. They start talking, when all of a sudden Holden breaks down. In the middle of his meltdown, he comes up with a harebrained scheme involving him and Sally running away together to New England. They haven’t seen each other in years and were catching up with each other when all of the sudden Holden pitches this wild proposal to Sally. In the middle of Holden’s crazy banter, he calls Sally “a royal pain in the ass,” (133). In addition to melting down, Holden loses complete control of himself and insults his date. Sally begins to cry and tells Holden to leave her alone. Holden’s disaster of a date is caused by his complete lack of social
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