"The catcher in the rye" - JD Salinger.

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Holden Caulfield

Holden Caulfield was the protagonist of the book, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. This story took place at Holden's former school, Pencey Prep in Agerstown Pennsylvania and in his hometown New York City. It covers the forty-eight hour period in the late nineteen forties in which Holden got kicked out of his school and was returning to New York. Holden was a confused person with many different feelings and characteristics, which he was often hesitant to show. While returning home, discovered many of his distinct characteristics, which greatly affected him.

Holden's physical appearance and language helped describe him as a person. Holden was a lanky 6 feet 2 inches sixteen-year-old. He had a premature growth of gray hair on his head, which he generally covered with his favorite red hunting hat. He was a frail person who was unable to make a fist with one of his hands.

This was because he had broken all the windows in the garage in order to vent his anger after the death of his brother Allie. He used the kind of language that most teenagers use. He favored words such as "crummy", "lousy", "phony", and "goddamn" to express his opinions and describe the people that he was critical of. He used expressions such as "that really made me depressed" and "that killed me." In many ways Holden looked and talked like any other adolescent.

Holden's attributes helped define him as a person. First of all, Holden was a very judgmental person. He was quick to form an opinion about those he knew very little of, such as Ernie. Ernie was a man who played the piano at a village nightclub Holden often went to. Although Holden knew barely anything about the man, he assumed by Ernie's actions...