The Catcher In The Rye. A Book Report On Holdens Link To His Childhood.

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The Catcher In The RyeThe book "The Catcher In The Rye" is a tale which weaves into thereaders mind all the nostalgia and decisions of childhood. The maincharacter in the novel, Holden Caulifield, is a yound man of about 16 yearswho is finding it hard to escape his childhood and become an adult. Holdenbelieves that everyone in the adult world is a "fake" or a "phony." He alsobelieves that the only way to survive in the adult world is for someone tobecome corrupt. Holden does not seem to have any friends or closeaquaintances (Mr. Antolini is not really a good friend of his) because he isconstantly being moved around from school to school. He would have thereader believe that the reason for his being constantly moved around is notfor lack of knoledge, heavens no, but because suddenly he realized that allthe folks around him were "phonys" aloowing him the descision to leave.Holden respects children very much, as the only people he seems tocare about are his sister Phoebe, his dead brother, Allie, and his older brotherD.B. These are all people who he has been in contact with all throughout hischildhood and he has memories with each of them that he holds dear. He haskept his brother Allie's glove as a reminder of him. Holden realizes that, inchildhood, people think not of their appearance but merely what they knowof themselves. Holden himself does not always dress according to whatpeople think; he is always wearing his red hunting cap around and receivingstrange looks, and his hair is cut in a very dischevelled crew cut.While tellling the reader of his time at Pencey, Holden says that mostadults are "secret slobs." A prime example of a "secret slob" is Holdensroomate, Stradlater.Stradlater seems to be a very popular kind of person. He plays sports.He always has dates to go on; however, Stradlater is the kind of fellow whoshaves twice, yet never cleans his razor. He will spend all the time in theworld fixing his hair, yet he asks his friends to borrow clothes so he can look"sharp".Ackley, while not having the adult characteristics of being tooengrossed with his physical appearance, is even more revolting to Holden.His teeth are mossy and discolored from never brushing them, and he has anannoying personality. Because of these things, Holden seems to dislikeAckley even more than Stradlater (the "secret slob").Holden is caught between two very different worlds, the world ofchildhood, where everything can be alright and he never has to movehis kings from the back row, and the world of adulthood, where hemust take risks and apply himself more to what he does.For example, the reader is rushed back to a nostalgic memory ofchildhood when Holden shows the two young boys where themummies are, then remarks to himself how, everything else stays thesame while the people grow older. I believe that Holden is thinking that,even when he is an old man, or is dead and gone, the things in that museumwill still be there, in exactly the same place they were when he was a...

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