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The Catcher in the Rye, the main character

The Catcher in the Rye, starts off with the main character, Holden Caulfield being expelled from school once again. Holden is a sixteen year old boy who has been expelled on numerous occasions from other schools. This time he is being expelled from Pency Prep. Before Holden goes home to his parents, he plans to spend a few days in New York. His parents do not know of the expulsion, so he spends the weekend in a hotel. Holden is a pretty strange kid who can always find a way to get himself into trouble. Holden constantly talks bout how he hates phony people and phony words.

He complains of how the head master Thurman of Pency Prep is a phony person. Holden says he is the kind of guy who will treat you bad, but will act polite and nice to your parents when they visit. Holden basically decides that almost everyone he meets in his life is a phony. He even gets disgusted with the advertisement for Pency Prep. The picture of the horse jumping over a fence is a false image in his opinion. He says that he has never even seen a horse on the campus. Holden is also very urious. Of all things, he wonders where the ducks go when the pond freezes over in the park. He loves his red hunting cap that he bought for a dollar.

The cap serves as his way to be an individual. Stradtler is his roommate and they are fairly good friends. Stradtler is two years older than him so he is always going out on dates and has to listen to Holden question him. One time Stradtler goes out with one of Holden$BCT(J long time friends, Jane Gallagher, and he has to listen to an earful from Holden. Ackley is Holden$BCT(J eighbor and they are all right friends. Ackley is the kind of guy though who can get on anybody$BCT(J nerves in a heart beat. Ackley and Stradtler despise of each other and rarely talk. Ackley is very nosy and Holden does not understand why he puts up with Ackley$BCT(J nonsense. Holden has a dead brother Allie, an older brother D. B. , who is a writer, and a younger sister Pheobe. He does not talk much with D. B. and he really likes to $BET(Jhoot the bull$BG(Jwith his sister.

While in New York, Holden tries to get in touch ith many of his former acquaintances. He spends a couple of nights in some night clubs and one night with a prostitute. After the night with the prostitute, Maurice the elevator man beats Holden up pretty bad. This is the first time that Holden has ever stood up for himself. Holden is the kind of person who lies naturally. On a train, Holden sees his friend$BCT(J mother and tries to impress her with vivid talk and telling lies. Holden once again fails at becoming an adult. He does not know how to act in the (Jdult world. (J

Holden meets Sally Hayes, and takes her places, like the skating rink but all they ever do is argue. Holden has a hard time expressing himself, and though he loves Sally, he manages a way ruin things. He consults one of his friends Carl Luce, who is an expert at sex, but not at love. Carl suggests that Holden under go psychoanalysis. With too much time on his hands before he must break the news to his parents, he has the urge to talk with Pheobe, so he sneaks into his house. He wakes her up and they $BET(Jhoot the bull$BG(Jfor a while.

In their conversation, Holden says some really absurd things. The most absurd thing he says is that he wants to be a catcher in the rye when he becomes older. He wants to make sure kids do not fall over the cliff when they play. The story ends with Holden visiting his sister$BCT(J school, and going to the museum. At the end of the book, Holden says he wishes he never told anyone about anything, because when one tells something to someone, one misses them. Holden indeed missed everyone he talked to, including Maurice.

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The Catcher In The Rye, The Main Character

Some may say that the main character of J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, is merely the average teenager, although he seems to think about sex and women quite a lot for his age of sixteen. This point can be easily argued in many ways, one example being the time Holden called a perfect stranger, Faith Cavendish, to get together at an unruly time of night. Another example of the main character’s perversion is when he hired a prostitute named Sunny, and never actually accomplished anything.

One last example could be Caulfield’s overall impression and cockiness when it comes to sex and women. In conclusion Holden Caulfield is engrossed in sexual thought. The protagonist’s fixation with members of the opposite sex can first be argued when he phone’s a girl who’s number he received from a guy he meet once at a party; he said that the girl was “not exactly a whore or anything but didn’t mind doing it once in a while”.

After Holden had spent a good amount of time trying to persuade her to meet him, because he was “feeling pretty horny”, the girl, Faith Cavendish, finally got him to register the answer of no into his brain. At this point Faith asked the main character if he would like to meet for drinks the next day, but he declined, because the next day he may not be feeling horny anymore. Obviously, the main character was so determined to do something sexy that night he turned down a friendly invitation, which proves that Holden Caulfield is fascinated by sex and women.

Over all because the protagonist called an unknown woman for sex, then refused her proposal for a get together the next day; Holden is obviously fixated with both sex and women. Second, another example of Holden’s perversion is when he hires a prostitute named Sunny from the elevator man at his hotel. Although some may say that calling a stranger in the middle of the night, like Holden did with Faith, is normal, but hiring a prostitute when one is sixteen years old is far from average.

After the prostitute, Sunny, arrived in Holden’s room and had stripped off her dress Holden lied to her saying that he had an injured “clavichord” so that he could back out of doing the deed, instead of admitting that he didn’t want to; this caused vexation from both Sunny and the elevator man (Sunny’s pimp), Maurice, and resulted in Holden getting beat up by Maurice because he didn’t pay the full price. While this may seem less unusual at the present time, in the mid-nineteen hundreds this behavior was completely unsuitable.

All in all, Holden’s unruly behavior shows that he is obsessed with women and sex. A final example of Holden’s fascination with sex and females is his over all attitude toward people. This can be supported when Holden runs into some nuns at a sandwich shop and they start talking about Romeo and Juliet, a timeless classic by a distinguished writer, and Caulfield starts to think, “it was sort of embarrassingto be talking about Romeo and Juliet with her [the nuns].

I mean that play gets pretty sexy in some parts”; this indicates that the main character couldn’t even keep his thoughts away from sex, even when with nuns. Another case is when Holden is waiting for Sunny to come up to his room and he starts saying such things as “I’ve had quite a few opportunities to lose my virginity and all”, which shows that he is obviously a little more then confident about his suavity.

One last incident was when Caulfield was staying at his ex-teacher, Mr. Antolini’s, house (which was very generous of Antolini), and when Holden was jolted awake because Antolini was patting his head and Holden immediately left Antolini’s house, thinking that Antolini was being “flitty” and thinking to himself that “I know more damn pervertsthan anybody you’ve ever met, and they’re always being perverty when I’m around”.

In conclusion, the central character is an abnormal youth because of his overall actions and feelings towards girls and sex. In retrospect, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger may be the standard teenager however his unruly behavior for sixteen proves otherwise. This is evident for many reason, one of which being Caulfield’s bizarre conduct when he phones a complete stranger at an insane time of night hoping that she would come over and have sex with him.

Also, Holden’s sexually odd behavior can be further verified when he does an outrageously crazy thing for his age and time and hires a prostitute. In addition the main character’s obsession with women and sex is evident by his distasteful behavior when it comes to the subject. Over all, what could be argued as normal for a minor is obviously not in the case of sixteen year old Holden Caulfield, the main character in J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

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