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Holden´S Struggles In J.D. Salinger´S A Catcher In The Rye

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A person who is able to live life with many struggles such as dropping out of school and dealing with a family member’s death can really continue pursuing their lifestyle in the future. In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, it becomes evident that Holden has difficulty accepting himself and others as he constantly defines people as "phony". Before we can understand why Holden leaves on his journey at all, we must understand his struggle. Holden leaves Pencey because he was surrounded by phonies and wants to find success elsewhere. He tries to find someone to communicate with by turning to his family. Holden just wants someone to talk to and wants to break his depression by succeeding. ...view middle of the document...

He wakes up Ackley and talks with him some more, “Listen. What’s the routine on joining a monastery?” (50). Ackley is annoyed by the conversation and Holden is annoyed by Ackley’s phoniness, so he leaves. Also, Sally irritates Holden by flirting with a boy from another prep school, but he agrees to take her ice-skating at Radio City. Holden is overwhelmed of the reason why she accepted to go ice-skating; “She wanted to see herself in one of those little skirts that just came down over their butt and all” (129). Holden just wants someone to talk to and wants to break his depression by succeeding.
In addition, Holden tries to find someone to talk to by turning to his family. Phoebe is a most important part in Holden’s life and he believes that she is the only one he can relate to and is not a phony. Holden continuously speaks highly of her and gives a general description as to why Phoebe is the only person he cares about, “You never saw a little kid so pretty and smart in your whole life” (67). Holden likes that society has not changed Phoebe into something she is not. Also, Holden tries to explain why he fails his classes and tells her all the things he hates about school. Phoebe responds in a snotty attitude, “I supposed you failed in every single...

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