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The Catcher in the Rye - Consider and discuss 5 or 6 episodes in the book, which reveal different aspects of Holden Caulfield's character

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2/2/2001 Coursework essay: The Catcher in the Rye Consider and discuss 5 or 6 episodes in the book, which reveal different aspects of Holden Caulfield's character By Felix Crosse The Catcher in the Rye is a story surrounding about three days of the main character's (Holden Caulfield) life. The story is written from the point of view of Holden Caulfield, but in the past tense, so it seems that Holden is telling the story from past experience. Using that way of describing the events creates a very potent point of view for the story, resulting in what can only be described as an excellent read. In this essay, I will write about a number of passages or episodes from the book, in relation to Holden, his character, and all the other characters featured. Holden, in his narration reveals a lot of details during conversations, and that is one of many reasons why I have chosen passages to do with conversations (to use in the essay). Possibly the most important part of the essay is the choice of passages. Each section shows individual points about Holden's character, and it is important to portray as much of him as is possible. Holden seems to be a very curious personality. Throughout the book, he seems to be full of confidence, however, at the same time; he appears to be an introvert with his real personality, and feelings, never showing how he really feels. ...read more.


When the prostitute came into his room, he was already nervous and as the book tells us, he was a virgin. When she starts to get undressed, he gets even more nervous, and starts to come up with excuses and 'sidelines', to avoid having sex with the girl. As I have said often already, he seems very sensitive, when he is not with friends, or acting bravado, he becomes 'more his own person' than when he is with other people. By this I mean that his real character comes out. The prostitute encounter also shows some of his feelings towards other people. Right in the middle of the event, when she tells him about her new dress, he begins to think about how she could be a normal girl, but wasn't. "...It made me feel kinda' sad ... the salesman thinking she was a regular girl when she bought it..." His attitude to other people often shows a lot of insight into what his views on relationships are. Holden seems to be the kind of person that prefers to know, and understand a person before 'doing the dirty with them', and that means that he considers other peoples feelings almost above his own. In a way, he could be described as considerate. ...read more.


The passage starts out with Phoebe wanting a ride on a carousel. She gets her ride, but the most important thing in this passage is the sheer quiet adoration expressed by both parties. It is just the little things in the passage that show so much love. When it starts to rain, phoebe reaches into Holden's pocket, takes out his red hunting hat, and places it on his head. As well as this, the way the author describes phoebes movements and actions expresses the feelings being exchanged by both Phoebe and Holden. This is a little off the subject, but the way this book is written, with such quiet, almost silent emotion, suggests to me that the writer may have had a relationship such as the one expressed between Holden and Phoebe. Finally, to sum this book up, I can say several things. Holden is a very 'difficult' character to decipher. He has many outlets of emotion, and these are the only things that can lead us to what drives him, what he holds close, and what he sees in himself, his family, friends, and even people he meets or sees on the street. Holden cannot be summed up in few words, but I hope that I have managed to at least have a good try at the job in the last few pages. Felix Crosse The Catcher in the Rye 1 ...read more.

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