Catcher In The Rye

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The Morality behind Holden Caulfield an the Catcher in the Rye The book The Catcher in the Rye contains many swear words however the book shows to be very moral shown through the actions of Holden Caulfield. His expressions on sex are moral because he does not want to have sex even when the opportunity arises, showing he has patients and maturity many other men may not have or show. His dignity for others is an act of good morals because he does not want to expose the hurt anybody's feelings. Holden is moral because he demonstrates his respect to all who are religious. The novel illustrates to be highly moral even though it may contain foul language not suitable in society.

Holden's expressions on sex are highly moral because he does not want to have sex until he is attached with whomever. He gets his chance to have sex intercourse when he was with Stradlater but he did not because he stopped when the girl asked him to.

This shows that he has feelings for others and does not want to have sex until he and his girlfriends are both comfortable. Holden gets angry at how Stradlater does not even know his date's name. He says "You don't even now if her first name is Jane or Jean, ya goddam moron (p.44)." He is annoyed that Stradlater is just using girls so he can have sex and how Stradlater never wants to be knowledgeable of his girlfriend's background and values, as much as Holden. When Holden is speaking to Sunny and lies to her, to avoid having sex, even through he lies, however he lies because he does not want to have sex with her because he does not know her enough. He cleverly says that "[he] had an...