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The Character Of Holden Essay

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Character Sketch After reading chapters one through six we can have a brief understanding or interpretation of the character Holden from the novel The Catcher In The Rye.We know that Holden in sixteen years of age; he stands around six foot two and has grey hair. Other then that we are not given any more information of his physical appearance through the first six chapters, which is understandable considering that the story is written from first person. Holden acts young for his age, he even admits to that. He is quit frequently horsing around such as play fighting with Stradlater, tap dancing in the washroom, and acting as someone in a movie when he wears his hat. I think that Holden feels as though people never notice him, so to get others to recognize him he acts in these childish ways. We obviously know that Holden does not enjoy school at all. The question is why doesn't he like school? He has been through four different schools, he has recently been kicked out of Pencey for having failing marks, and he doesn't have much concern for his future. I do not believe that he is a moron as he calls himself. I find him to be rather intelligent. He does like to read a lot and he is a terrific liar, he will lie about anything and everything. To be a good liar you need to be able to persuade people and that is a quality that he has. I also find that he is always interpreting and analyzing the actions that people do. For example, the way he explains the headmaster at his school is a phony, he serves steak the night before the parents come to visit so they will ask their children what they ate and they will be impressed. He even interprets the behavioral patterns of Holden's housemates Ackley and Stradlater. I also think that Holden is a little jealous of Stradlater because he is always commenting on how nice of a body structure he has as well as his good looks and charming personality. At the same time Holden admires and looks up to him as we read about the time when he sits in the washroom beside Stradlater watching him shave, asking him many...

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