Holden Of Catcher In The Rye Essay

1037 WordsApr 30, 20125 Pages
Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye gives insight to the mind of a teenage in the 1950s. Protagonist Holden Caulfield has been dismissed from his final boarding school, Pencey Prep, and having hated it there, decides on his own to make an early departure. Holden is portrayed as a troubled teenager whose experiences have created a barrier between him and his peers. Because of Holden’s social inability to fit in, his brother’s death, and his feelings of loneliness, he is unable to fit in with his peers and struggles to find his sense of identity. Holden has experienced a lot more throughout his life than what any normal teenager would have to deal with. The things he has encountered, such as the death of his brother Allie, have created unforgettable memories that make Holden feel alone. His loneliness is demonstrated when he states, “Boy I felt miserable. I felt so depressed, you can’t imagine. What I did, I started talking, sort of out loud, to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very depressed…It wasn’t that I didn’t used to take him with me when I went somewhere. I did. But that one day, I didn’t.” Holden starts talking to Allie because he feels alone. Even though Allie is dead, Holden talks to him because he feels guilty for not letting Allie go with him just one time. Allie’s death bothers him, and the things he remembers sometimes haunt Holden and separate him from his peers. Holden feels isolated because he has had to live with that and no one else understands. Another time he is lonely is when he calls his old friend Luce to meet him in the bar. His friend can’t stay because he has a date. Holden says, “Have just one more drink,…Please. I’m lonesome as hell. No kidding.” Holden openly says how lonely he is. He doesn’t want to be alone and even though Luce doesn’t want to be there with him, Holden just wants
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