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Catcher In The Rye Holden Caulfield As A Modern Day Odysseus

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Catcher in the Rye - Holden Caulfield as a Modern Day Odysseus

 

 

 

Years ago, a man named Homer wrote The Odyssey. It told about King Odysseus of Ithaca's mystical and perilous adventure home after the Trojan War. An odyssey can simply be defined as an adventure. Holden Caulfield, the main character in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, had an odyssey of his own. On his adventure in New York City, Holden encountered many tests and learning experiences.

 

To begin with, was the encounter with Maurice and Sunny. On his return to the hotel from Ernie's, Holden met Maurice, the elevator operator. He asked Holden if he was, "Innarested in a little tail t'night?" (Salinger 152). Holden had been lonely all night, so he quickly and without thinking answered yes. He went back to his room to get ready. Here is Holden's first test. He is sixteen and he is about to lose his virginity to a prostitute. He greeted her at the door, and she questioned his age. They had a small conversation, and all of a sudden she just took off her dress. He told her he just wanted to talk. It was obvious from there that Holden was not actually going to do anything. So Holden did what he did best - lying. He told Sunny that he just had an operation. Sunny, still wanting to get her money, climbed onto his lap and started whispering into Holden's ear. This only made him more nervous. In the end, he paid her the five dollars he owed her, but she insisted it was ten dollars. She got angry and asked him to get her dress. Finally, she left. Holden sat down, smoked, and thought about his current predicament with his parents. Eventually he went to bed. Someone started pounding on the door. It was Sunny and Maurice. They wanted another five dollars. They basically broke in, and Maurice shoved Holden over. Holden still refused to give them the money. Sunny grabbed Holden's wallet and took the money. Maurice ended up punching Holden who fell to the floor. Only then did they leave. So Holden had about two minutes of decent...

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