Free Catcher In The Rye Essays: Holden's Fear Of The Game

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Holden’s fear of the game Holden Caufield is the seven-teen year old protagonist of the book The Catcher in the Rye. Holden at a young age goes through lots of tough situations in his life, which has caused him to become the person he is now, very sedate and nondescript. All the tragic events in the past in Holden’s life have turned him into a cold and isolated person in many cases. Also, throughout the novel Holden shows much unstableness; having numerous mental break downs in the book. Holden is very hard to figure out, because you never know how he is going to react to situations. In the book, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caufield, the protagonist of the book has fears towards his failures, his future, and his death. To fall short…show more content…
Holden gets very apprehensive when talking about his future. “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move." Holden is scared of his future. He is scared of concept of changing or "growing-up." He wants everyone and everything to stay the way it is forever. This is why he loves the museum so much, because it does exactly what he wants to do. He is scared for his future not in a way of how "successful" he is going to be, but what kind of person he is going to end up as. He thinks as people get old or grows up, they change and lose their innocence. One of the many reasons for his affection and love towards little children, because he thinks their innocent compare to the grown-ups. One thing for sure is that, Holden wants to be successful as well anyone. "I’m always saying ‘Glad to’ve met you’ to someone I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though." This is Holden being a “phony” himself. Holden hates phonies, he really does. He hates them so much; one time he even left a school for it, because it was full of "phonies" or that is what he says at least. Then, what is he doing in this last quote? Classic examples of being a phony, saying something you do not mean. In reality Holden is just like everyone else. He just wants to succeed have a nice future for himself. He just envies people that are already successful, which is why he calls them a
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