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Reasons for Holden's outlook in "The Catcher in the Rye".

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The Catcher in the Rye Thesis Essay Holden Caulï¬eld is a mind-boggling character. He is the protagonist and narrator of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Holden tells of his weekend in New York after he had been kicked out of another school. Holden is different in numerous ways, but most of his traits aren’t great ones. Holden calls everything phony, compares everyone to his dead brother Allie, and makes terrible decisions. Holden is the way he is because of his experiences at Pencey Prep, the death of his brother Allie, along with how he chose to live his life from there on. In the beginning of the novel, Holden tells of how he was kicked out of Pencey Prep. Holden describes everything there as phony. Holden probably feels this way since the things there are completely fake. Holden tells of why he thinks things there are phony. He states: “They advertise in about a thousand magazines, always showing some hot shot guy on a horse jumping over a fence. ...read more.


Holden states: ?I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn't do it.? (Page 44) Holden was heartbroken when Allie died. Allie had been one of the only people Holden thought wasn?t a phony. After Allie died, Holden couldn?t forget him. Holden?s way of remembering Allie was to compare everyone to Allie. If someone wasn?t like Allie, they were a phony. An example of when Holden compares someone to Allie is when Holden tells the reader Jane was the only person he showed Allie?s mitt. He says, ?She was the only one, outside my family, that I ever showed Allie's baseball mitt to, with all the poems written on it. ...read more.


Holden says, ?He was sitting on the floor right next to the couch, in the dark and all, and he was sort of petting me or patting me on the goddam head.? When Mr. Antolini touched Holden?s head, Holden shouldn?t have overreacted. If Holden had thought it had something to do with the drinks or just because Mr. Antolini had felt sorry for him, he would have had a place to stay. If it weren?t for Holden?s terrible decisions after leaving Pencey Prep, his life could have been much better. Most of Holden?s traits aren?t great ones. Holden calls everything phony, compares everyone to Allie, and makes bad decisions. Holden is the way he is because of his experiences at Pencey Prep, the death of his brother Allie, along with how he chose to live his life from there on. All of these factors affect Holden?s relationship with people and life in general. If Holden had had better experiences at Pencey Prep, if Allie had not died and he wasn?t a terrible decision maker, then he would have had a better life overall. Page ...read more.

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