Catcher In The Rye

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On the Run from Reality You can escape from jail, school, or even from eating your vegetables at home, but how can you escape from reality? In the book Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger creates a main character that tries to escape from reality. This character, Holden Caulfield, sees that most people cope with reality by being phony and making self-destructive choices. Holden, in the other hand, escapes reality by fantasizing about his sex life, random immature things, and his future dream.

Holden often tried to escape reality by fantasizing or talking about sexual thoughts. When he experienced loneliness and alienation, he called Carl Luce to have a couple drinks and talk about sex. "How's your sex life?" (144). He fantasized and was too into sexuality, that when he was at Mr. Antolini's house, he even thought Mr. Antolini was trying something sexual when he stoked Holden's forehead.

"'What the hellya doing?' I said. "˜Nothing! I'm simply just sitting here, admiring-"˜" (192).

Another way for Holden to escape from reality was being trying to be immature and run from adulthood. Even when he was talking to Carl Luce, he wouldn't stop talking about sex. "Listen. Let's get one thing straight. I refuse to answer any typical Caulfield questions tonight. When in hell are you going to grow up?" (146). And towards the beginning of the book, Holden keeps asking about ducks. "The ducks. Do you know, by any chance? I mean does somebody come around in a truck or something and take them away, or do they fly away by themselves"”go south or something?" (82).

Fantasizing was mainly what Holden did to get away from reality. He fantasized about girls and sex a lot, but he also fantasized about his future. Holden hated this phony world. He...