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Catcher in the Rye

Holden is like a typical teenager; full of emotions, hard to read and unpredictable. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger … Throughought the novel, Holden shows many different emotions. Help on thesis... At the end of Holden’s journey he is a catcher in the rye. He proves to be a catcher in the rye in many different ways. First, Holden proves this by trying to protect the little kid’s innocence while wiping off the swear words that are written in the school. He does this so that the little children are not exposed to the dirty language and to protect his sister Phoebe from it. Another way he shows being a catcher in the rye was when he was the only one watching the little boy, who was singing the catcher in the rye tune, walking on the curb. This shows him being a catcher in the rye because he was paying attention and worrying about the little boy getting hit by a car. He was also proves to be a catcher in the rye by when he is watching Phoebe on the carousel. This is an example of him being a catcher in the rye by being happy for her and watching her as she innocently goes around and around. All of these instances prove how Holden has become a catcher in the rye.

Holden is very motivated and has great reason to be motivated. He is motivated by the loss of his brother, Allie. After feeling the pain of Allie’s loss, Holden tries greatly to protect Phoebe’s innocence and keep her safe. Holden does this so she will not end up like Allie. He is also motivated by his past actions and attitude. He does not want to be lonely and bitter forever even though he often acts like he does. He shows that he does not always want to be lonely by trying to stay with Ackley in his room because his roommate is gone. Ackley kicks him out of the other bed and then Holden leaves because he is angry and upset. These are the reasons and influence of Holden’s motivation.

There are many things that upset Holden throughout the novel. One particular...
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