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Write about Holdens relationships with females in The Catcher in the Rye and how Salinger presents these relationships

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Write about Holden's relationships with females in The Catcher in the Rye and how Salinger presents these relationships During this essay, I will be discussing how Salinger presents Holden's relationships with females as throughout the novel he meets several females; however Holden meets many different characters in the novel, both male and female and while many of his experiences with the opposite sex end up being negative. Furthermore the novel 'The Catcher in the Rye' is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he's telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital or sanatorium. The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the school term and Christmas. Furthermore certain vocabulary is used throughout the novel several times for instance word "Phoniness" which is probably the most famous word from The Catcher in the Rye as it is used commonly by Holden. ...read more.


Holden says 'she kills me', meaning Phoebe makes him laugh and he does not consider her as a phoney because of this. Holden also meets two nuns in Grand Central Station and gets on with them very well because again there is a significant age gap of at least forty-five years and no prospect of sex at all. Holden and the nuns chat comfortably because one of the nuns "taught English" which is Holden's favourite subject and they talk about literature and the nuns ask Holden 'what have you read this year' which shows they are interested in Holden and Holden likes people who are interested in him and like him because their aren't many of them, he tells them about the books he has read and Holden finds the nuns charitable and generous. So all the female characters who Holden has positive experiences with all have several things in common; there is a significant age gap between them and Holden, Holden does not think that there is any ...read more.


Then Holden suggests the idea that him and Sally run away and live on a ranch in Colorado and when Sally is not sure Holden starts shouting at her and Sally is confused saying 'one minute you scream at me and the next you' and then Holden interrupts her shouting "no!." Holden even admits they 'both hated each others guts by that time' and then says to Sally "you give me a royal pain in the ass" which in the 1950's is one of the worst insults there can be, he even makes her cry and minutes later "she was still sort of crying." In conclusion this proves that Holden finds it very difficult to get along with females and all of his experiences with the opposite sexes who are roughly the same age as him, with a prospect of sex and who Holden thinks are phonies are all negative. On the other hand he has extremely strong and affectionate relationship with females that have a huge age gap like Phoebe and the nuns. Furthermore Holden believes that girls 'can drive you crazy, they really can.' ...read more.

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