Character Analysis: Catcher in the Rye

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In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger there were many different ways that the main character, Holden, was trapped. He was trapped by his own assumptions, by his own actions, and his own mind psychologically.

The first way Holden was trapped was by his own assumptions. Because his personality was to lie, he was trapped in a world of lies. This makes him a very negative person. Having a negative attitude can lead to making bad decisions and it traps him. Holden is also trapped by his own actions. Probably the biggest action would be his getting kicked out of boarding school. But he didn’t want to leave. He hung around, and talked to his old friends and old teacher Mr. Spencer, asking Mr. Spencer why he had to fail him. Mr. Spencer showed Holden his final essay that he wrote and gave him some important advice. “Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.” (J.D. Salinger). Holden then dreaded going home because he said his parents would kill him if they found out he flunked out of boarding school. Holden is lastly trapped in his own mind psychologically. He repeats himself a lot to make a point, and throughout the book makes it sound like everyone else is crazy, when he is the crazy one. At the end of the book he ends up in an insane asylum, proving the point that he is mentally unbalanced. At the end of The Catcher In The Rye Holden did not escape because he ends up in a mental hospital, and he you can never really escape yourself completely. I think the most important thing in the book was, he found out what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.
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