Catcher In The Rye Essay

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The Morality behind Holden Caulfield an the Catcher in the Rye The book The Catcher in the Rye contains many swear words however the book shows to be very moral shown through the actions of Holden Caulfield. His expressions on sex are moral because he does not want to have sex even when the opportunity arises, showing he has patients and maturity many other men may not have or show. His dignity for others is an act of good morals because he does not want to expose the hurt anybody's feelings. Holden is moral because he demonstrates his respect to all who are religious. The novel illustrates to be highly moral even though it may contain foul language not suitable in society.Holden's expressions on sex are highly moral because he does not want to have sex until he is attached with whomever. He gets his chance to have sex intercourse when he was with Stradlater but he did not because he stopped when the girl asked him to. This shows that he has feelings for others and does not want to have sex until he and his girlfriends are both comfortable. Holden gets angry at how Stradlater does not even know his date's name. He says "You don't even now if her first name is Jane or Jean, ya goddam moron (p.44)." He is annoyed that Stradlater is just using girls so he can have sex and how Stradlater never wants to be knowledgeable of his girlfriend's background and values, as much as Holden. When Holden is speaking to Sunny and lies to her, to avoid having sex, even through he lies, however he lies because he does not want to have sex with her because he does not know her enough. He cleverly says that "[he] had an operation very recently"¦ on [his] clavichord (p.96)." He shows how he is mature enough to hold back his physical needs, which can be hard for many other men. Holden shows maturity on the issue of sex when not only he holds back his physical urge but also when he listens to other peoples feelings to show respect for others.Holden is moral because his reflections about religion and also by his showing of respect to all religious people. Holden explains to Arthur Childs the point that Judas was not sent to hell because god did not want to send him there. He was confident enough to say that "[He] bet a thousand bucks that Jesus never sent old Judas to hell (p.100)." Holden likes Jesus, although he does not care for anything else in the bible, but he does not have too because he is atheist. Even though he states that he is atheist, he shows respect by the way he represents his ideas to Arthur. Holden respects Arthur even though he does not see eye to eye with Arthur, which shows that he is respectful of Arthur. During Holden's brief conversation with the nuns, he talks about educational issues. He even asks them if he could purchase their lunches. This shows that he very much respects them. He also avoids his opinion about Pencey when the "[Nuns] said it was a very good school. [Holden] let it pass (p.111)." He could have...

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