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How does the writer present Holdens relationships with other young people in this novel?

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How does the writer present Holden's relationships with other young people in this novel? J.D. Salinger portrays Holden's personality through other characters that he meets. The reader learns Holden's behaviour through young and elder characters. Holden often calls elder people "phonies" because of their actions and misdoings. However, he often mentions positive things about the younger generation and forms close bonds with a few of them. There are many ways in which Salinger presents Holden's relationship with the younger generation. One of the first relationships that are mentioned in the story is Holden's relationship with D.B., his brother. Throughout his childhood, it is obvious that Holden has idolized his older brother. ...read more.


Salinger presents their relationship with a deep significance. Holden describes Allie as outgoing, creative and polite. From this the reader recognises that Allie was still a child when he died of Leukaemia. However, I believe the reason for Holden's absolute admiration for Allie was due to his innocence and prevention of corruption. The fact that Allie died as a child, still naive and vulnerable, reassures Holden that his innocence will always be preserved. Holden continues to meet characters through the story. For example, Holden forms a friendship with Robert Ackley at Pencey. Ackley has horrible hygiene, and does not hide it. Although Salinger portrays Ackley through his repulsive traits, Holden has more respect for him than for his roommate, Stradlater. ...read more.


The significance of the title comes across throughout the novel, through the character Holden meets and his relationships with them. Salinger presents Holden's relationships with the younger generation as being secure. Holden wants to capture every child's innocence and protect it with care. Holden sees childhood as the ideal state of being. He wants every child to stay pure and uncorrupted. His relationship with his younger siblings and Jane are portrayed to be similar to a relationship of a mother and her child. It is delicate and supreme. Throughout "The Catcher in the Rye", Holden Caulfield longs for intimacy with the younger generation, however the process of life often prevents this. Nevertheless, Holden learns to move forward and adapts to preserve his relationships, even if the person is a "phony". ...read more.

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