January 2, 13
Business of Sports School
The Catcher in the Rye – Holden Character Paper
A common question asked since J.D Salinger wrote and published the book The Catcher in the Rye is, is Holden Caulfield an sympathetic or unsympathetic character is he a protagonist or an antagonist? I believe Holden is a sympathetic character that just has a weird way of expressing his feelings and may have emotional and psychological problems. Even though Holden has had problems expressing himself and a few setbacks in life that doesn’t make him an unsympathetic or a bad person. Personally, I believe Holden just is literate and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind although some of the negative things he would say would outweigh the positive things he said and most readers would focus or remember the bad things. In this paper I will show everyone Holden’s emotional side and sympathetic aspects on life.
For instance one case, where Holden shows plenty of sympathy and makes you feel sympathetic for him at the same time is whenever Holden talks about his younger brother Allie. Allie Caulfield, Holden’s younger brother passed due to Leukemia in Maine on July 18, 1946. Allie was a very important person in Holdens life and I would guess that he was Holdens most favorite person in the world. Holden would always speak so highly of Allie. I read Holden say more positive things about Allie in one paragraph than he said about everything else genuinely in the rest of the book. “ God he was a nice kid though.” (Pg. 38) The death of Allie seems to be the main reason why Holden is in this state of depression and I feel if Allie were alive so many aspects and events in Holdens life would’ve been different. For an assignment Holden was doing for his roommate Stradlater he went into detail about one of Allies old baseball gloves, which shows his intelligence and uniqueness. After Allies passing Holden seemed to have lost faith in himself and everyone...
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