Holden Caulfield Character Analysis

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Most individuals face, at least once in their life, a time where they are troubled, and have difficulty making up their mind about an internal struggle they are undergoing. For Holden Caulfield, main character of The Catcher in the Rye , written by J.D. Salinger, the internal struggle is trying to preserve childhood innocence for as long as possible. Throughout the entirety of this novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden has run away after being expelled from school, and spends his weekend in New York City. There, Holden finds controversial issues that ignite troubling thoughts, and cause him to seriously rethink a few issues. Holden Caulfield is a relatable character because he faces internal struggles that are relatable to the average teenager in a sense. In the beginning of the novel, Holden Caulfield was living in a childish illusion, and did not know what the real world was like.…show more content…
Holden learns that the evils of the world are inescapable, and present everywhere, whether he likes that fact or not. This realization comes to Holden while he watches his younger sister, Phoebe, whom he cares about very deeply, play on the carousel. Holden matured very deeply throughout the course of this novel, his weekend in New York City. He went from being an immature character to really finding himself, and maturing as a person. In the beginning of the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield, the main character of the novel, had an immature view of the world. After his weekend journey through New York City, and the real world, Holden matures as a person and discovers concepts that he was unaware of in the beginning. Holden is a relatable character, especially to teenagers, because everyone, at one point of their life, has to endure the confusing stage of life between being a child and being an

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