Holden Caulfield

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Interaction: Catcher in the Rye
Reading “Catcher in the Rye” was very interesting in the way that the narrator, Holden Caulfield, and I relate with our fears. We both are afraid to grow up and face real world realties and slowly having to leave our safe and innocent childhood for lonely adulthood. However, the difference between Holden and I are that I’m accepting the new phase in my life, while Holden simply rejects it. Phoebe Caulfield, Holdens youngest sister, becomes angry with Holden and his refusal to grow up. She sees that his denial to mature is seen as foolish. Also, she realizes that all the bitterness toward the world he has is really bitterness toward himself. Toward the end of the book when Holden is about to leave, she wants to leave with him not because of her needing him but to understand that he needs her more. Phoebe stands more of a guide for me in the book and her judgments were greatly trusted because she understands her brother and his needs. Furthermore, Holden is really troubled mentally and is also an extremely unreliable narrator because; he fails out of school, his complete unconcern toward his future, he is hospitalized, and visited by a psychoanalyst for an undetermined reason, and he is unable to connect with people. Throughout reading the book I was able to recognize his emotional state due to two traumas from his past: the death of his brother Allie and the suicide of one of his friends from school. However, you can’t really put a specific disorder on him from the knowledge of his past. Additionally, Holden is an enormously judgmental person, which bothered me, with about everything and everyone. He calls everyone a “phony” in the book, criticizes, and theorizes about people who are boring and insecure. He carries the term “phony” to those whom to him are insincere, too orthodox, or too typical. However, he actually uses the word “phony” to show his own insights of other people are superficial. This upset me because he would...
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