Holden Caulfield Character Analysis Essay

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Oshan bandara Holden Caulfield & PTSD Holden Caulfield is a particularly odd protagonist of the novel “The Catcher and the Rye”. His actions have defied the actions of many other protagonists of the time. Baring the boldness of being able to express himself without a language barrier has made Holden Caulfield, a strange but wonderful protagonists. Holden Caulfield experienced two very traumatizing events in his life, the death of his younger brother Allie and the suicide of James his classmate. Throughout the novel Holden Caulfield recounts numerous events that shows evidence that he is greatly affected by the deaths of Allie and James. These two events greatly affect Holden in a way that changed the way he looks at life. Some may…show more content…
According to Holden, Allie was the nicest person he knew and Holden compared his brother to innocence. On the day Allie died Holden was so broken up that he did not know how to express his feelings about the event. Holden could not deal with the immense pain of losing Allie, so he started to induce physical pain on himself. Holden said “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it” (Salinger 39). In the process of breaking the windows Holden also breaks his fist and is forced to visit the hospital. Since Allie died so young, Holden felt that his innocence was being taken away from him. Once Allie died, Holden believed that it was his responsibility to protect childhood. Holden says, “I’d just be the catcher in the rye” (Salinger 173), Holden believes he must prevent children from falling of the cliffs of childhood and losing their innocence as they fall into the pits of adulthood. Holden is chasing a dream that he cannot accomplish. He sets his goals to high and realised he couldn’t stop the loss of innocence. Holden want to be isolated from other people and wishes to get away, “Just so people didn’t know me and I didn’t know anybody. I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn’t have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody” (Salinger 198). Holden constantly recounts memories of his
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