In the beginning of The Catcher in the Rye, we see one type of person in Holden Caulfield. By the end of the book, we see a whole new person. How is it that one person can change as much in a short time period? They change by the experiences they go through. Holden went through a lot of experiences in a short period of time especially, and also in his past history.
In the beginning of the novel, Holden has just come back from a fencing game in New York. He has also been kicked out from Pencey Prep. To us it seems Holden is a troubled boy, after we learn that he is also failing all his classes except English. As the story goes on and he’s talking to his old teacher Spencer, we learn that he is actually sort of smart, but he just doesn’t try. He knows a lot about his neighbor next to this room named Robert Ackley. He talks with his roommate Stradlater and we find out that Holden has feelings for a girl named Jean Gallagher that Stradlater is going on a date with. Holden gets mad when Stradlater talks about her like she’s just there for him to have a good time. We learn that Holden really does care for her and that they used to know each other. Holden leaves Pencey Prep early and heads out to the street.
He gets on a train and starts talking to a mother of a boy who goes to Pencey. He acts older than he is and says nice things about the boy, even though he doesn’t like him. He doesn’t want to lady to feel like her son was a terrible person. He wants to find out where the ducks go in the winter, telling us that he is a very thoughtful person and he cares about creation. He’s very curious. Holden goes down to the hotel’s bar and flirts with 3 older women. He eventually gets one to dance and they dance for a long time. After, he gets one of the other ladies to dance with him. He has Jane on his mind a lot and thinks about giving her a call many times. He gets in another cab and tries asking about the ducks again, but doesn’t get an answer.
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