The Catcher In The Rye Is Hold

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Everyone has to make choices about what is important to them during life, and often, the time when this is hardest is the teen years. In The Catcher In The Rye , author J.D. Salinger epitomizes the growing pains of these teen years. The main character, Holden Caulfield, is a sixteen year old boy who has many ideas and values typical to teens. He also has characteristics that for teens are not necessarily normal. Salinger uses a train of thought writing which shows the emotions and thoughts, as well as physical actions of Holden. His character is developed just as you would get to know him if you were meeting him. This style is effective in showing his different characteristics and makes the change of normal to not normal traits more visible. Looking at his normal side, Holden is rebellious against the world, and despises the fakeness of it. Mainly he hates people. He thinks that rich people are crooks, and that the more expensive the school is that he's attending, the more crooks there are. He says when he goes to visit Mr. Spencer that he's not too crazy about sick people. He doesn't like how Catholics stick together and he doesn't like intellectuals. He hates the phoniness of people and says, "it drives me crazy. It makes me so depressed I go crazy. He calls the athletes bastards, and just about everybody else a moron. On his way out of Pencey he yells, "Sleep tight, ya morons." And rather than referring to a person as 'that guy' or 'the blond girl', he calls people perverts, screwballs, pimpy- looking guys,whory-looking blondes, dopes, jerks, corny, and ignorant. His hatred is not limited to people though. He also hates cars and cliques, movies and money. He hates the word 'grand'. While talking to Mr. Spencer he informs us of this. "There's a word [grand] I really hate. It's a phony. I could puke every time I hear it." He also hates when people say something twice, yell good luck, and say "Glad to've met you." He hates it when an actor knows he's good, and how football players bash each other all over the place and act like they are supposed to commit suicide or something when they lose. And as if thinking these things aren't bad enough, he goes off and rambles about all of this to Sally. "Well I hate school. Boy, do I hate it. But it isn't just that. I hate living in New York and all. Taxicabs, and Madison Avenue buses, with the drivers and all always yelling at you to get out at the rear door, and being introduced to phony guys that call the Lunts angels, and going up and down in elevators when you just want to go outside, and guys fitting your pants all the time at Brooks..." (Now, you have to remember that he is trying to get her to run away with him at this time. Saying this doesn't seem to help him any. It's all kind of ironic anyway, because he says when they move away he can do all this stuff.) Getting a bit extreme? Well not only does he hate all this, he hates life!!! When Mr. Spencer tells him that life is a game, he thinks...

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