Thoughts & Concerns About Holden Caulfield

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Topic: My thoughts and concerns about Holden Caulfield. Holden Caufield was a high school student at a boy's academy called Pency Prep. He feels as though he had fought the world and lost, everyone is 

against him and that little can bring him joy. He had lost his innocence, and 

saw himself as a "catcher in the rye", trying to save children from his fate. 
Holden is quite peculiar. I say this because of the 

incident with Sally Hayes where he proclaims his love for her and how they 

should run off together. The reason this makes him peculiar is because he hates 

her. "Sally you're a pain in the ass!” is just one of the many crude remarks he’s made to her. Holden Caufield has 

many bad qualities including one of his favorite pastimes getting 

drunk. A good example of this is one of the many bar scenes when he gets really 

drunk and asks the waiter to complement the singer. This is weird because the singer is awful or at least the thought so before he 

started drinking. This is one of his many bad habits. Some of his other bad habits are smoking, 

cursing, and being extremely suspicious about everyone. Holden is by far 

not all bad; inside he is moral and generous. There are very clear examples of 

these good qualities. He had some moral sense because when he went on a date with the 

prostitute, Sunny, he paid her and sent her away even though they didn’t do anything. Holden was charitable when he gave a 

considerably large donation of twenty dollars to the two nuns. This action was 

nothing other than an act of pure kindness. 

Holden Caufield also has an opposite in the story, The Catcher in 

the Rye. This person is his younger sister, Phoebe. She has a positive outlook 

on life, while Holden hated it and thought he was doomed. She was his "ray of 

hope" in life and she was the only thing that brought them true joy. Phoebe was 

also the only

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