Catcher in the Rye

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"Catcher In The Rye"

Character Analysis
Holden Caulfield
(Physical Description)
Holden Caulfield is six foot two inches tall. Holden is tall, thin, and awkwardly built. He has dark brown/black hair. He has a streak of grey that also contributes to the fact that he looks older then he really is. He is 16 years old but looks a lot older than his age. For instance, Holden went down to the lavender room flirts with three women in their thirties, who seem to be from out of town. Holden danced with them and felt that he was "half in love" with the blonde after watching her dance.

Holden makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital. So clearly his personality at times is erratic. He also shows compassion and at the end of the story possible change. After buying his sister a ticket to ride the carousel that he is close to tears. That shows that at time he does have a good heart. He thinks that sex should happen between people who care deeply about and respect one another but he also realizes that sex can be casual. That is why he was infuriated when he found out about Stradlater's date with Jane. Holden also shows that he has a good heart. On the train to New York, Holden saw the mother one of the Pencey students. He has no respect for the kid and thinks he is a "bastard", but tells her how well respected her son is at school.

(Reacts To Conflict)
Holden reacts to conflict in a normal way for any teenager. He simply tries to avoid it or run away from it. An example would be when Holden awoke to find Mr. Antolini stroking his forehead. He thought that Mr. Antolini was making homosexual gestures so, Holden excused himself and left to go sleep on a bench at Grand Central Station. He just simply ran away from that situation he was in. He also reacts to some weird situations indifferently like when the elevator operator (Maurice) at the Edmont, offers to send a prostitute to Holden's room for five...
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