The Problem With Holden In "Catcher In The Rye " By J.R Salinger

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Holden is a complex person with many conflicting characteristics. He has manyambitions and desires for his life but he is faced with the basic conflict in the story,corruption. This corruption is what drives him and at the same time restricts himHolden's being surrounded by corruption disgusts him. There are a few maininstances in which Holden encounters corruption directly. One type is Stradlater, the'secret slob'or Ernie, who 'performs for the people'. Two that affect Holden verymuch is his brother D.B. 'selling out' to the movies and Pheobe eventually having togrow up. This corruption is very evident in Holden's life and situation.Corruption is what Holden wants to avoid but can not because he wants to growup and act like an adult. Drinking, ordering the prostitute, and using money are allthings that grownups do but Holden yet still wants to remain innocent. Theses arefew of the obvious ironies of Holden's personality.Holden's utter hate for the fact that we have to grow up and how he tiesadulthood with corruption just shows how he has a large problem determining illusionfrom reality. He doesn't understand that to grow does not mean to become corruptbut to become wiser through experience. These experiences are what frightenHolden because this boy of sixteen has already been involved in many of thepleasures and problems that come from these experiences. Holden's 'catcher in therye' analogy shows how he wants to save the children from this corruption but henever will. Holden wants to be the great savior of a helpless cause and does notrealize he has fallen into the evil hands of corruption.Holden idolizes Allie is little brother who died. The reason for this idolization isthat Allie will never become corrupt. He will always be in Holden's mind a little boynot affected by the dirty hands of society. Pheobe, on the other hand, will have toenter the world sooner or later and then she too will become corrupt. D.B., though,has already submitted to that corruption by 'selling out' to the movies. Holdenrealizes that D.B. has given his story to the movie business and does not like itbecause he wanted his brother to...

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