Catcher In The Rye 2 Essay

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The Catcher in the Rye Main Character Holden Caulfield is the main character in 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Like most people, Holden's mind wanders, and that's what I found the most interesting about him. He's sixteen years old, and he just got kicked out of another boarding school: Pencey Prep. He's tall, and skinny and he's not broad-shouldered. He's got a crewcut. His dad's a corporate lawyer and he is pretty rich. Holden really is a nice guy, but he's rally insecure and keeps proving himself to the reader that he doesn't have many principles by drinking and smoking pretty heavy. In this book he smokes three packs of cigarettes in two days and has a lot of alcoholic drinks. He even goes on proving himself to the reader. I even had sort of a stomach-ache, if you want to know the truth." He adds "...if you want to know the truth" very often after he has added something to what he'd said before. He really is afraid people will think he's a softy or some sort of rich sissy. If he says something he thinks is dumb or not tough enough he jokes about it.'When I'm somewhere I generally just eat a Swiss cheese and a malted milk. It isn't much, but you get quite a lot of vitamins in the malted milk. H.V. Caulfield. Holden Vitamin Caulfield.' He exaggerates big time and he swears a lot. Especially when he talks to his roommates. Goddam this and damn that. But he can't stand the four-letter word.'I saw something that drove me crazy. Somebody'd written 'F*** you on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them-all cockeyed, naturally-what it meant, and how they'd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days.' He hates 'phonies', people who have an attitude. Holden really liked his younger brother Allie, who died. When Allie died, Holden spent all day in the garage and he broke all the windows. Now he can't make fist with his right hand because of that.Minor Characters Ward Stradlater Stradlater is Holden's roommate at Pencey is real good whistler, although his whistle is never in tune it has a great range. He's a senior, 18 years old, and as tall as Holden. But Stradlater is bigger and stronger, while Holden is very tall and thin. Stradlater makes a pretty big deal out of dressing up and that kind of stuff."The reason why he fixed himself up to look good was because he was madly in love with himself. He thought he was the handsomest guy in the Western Hemisphere." Holden says, "Stradlater's good at snowing his dates and getting them to have sex with him even if they don't want to. He also is a guy who your parents would notice in a Year Book." Robert Ackley Everybody calls him Ackley. Nobody ever calls him by his first name Bob or even Ack, Holden thinks that even his wife will call him Ackley. Ackley is really tall, six four. But that isn't important. He's messy, he looks messy and always...

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