Holden, the main caracter in J.D Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye"

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The Catcher in the Rye is a very descriptive story about a eighteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield. J.D. Salinger shows the character's true emotions. Holden goes to a college named Pency College, where he is having educational problems. Holden doesn't seem to do too well in any of his classes, except for English. If his parents only knew what he was thinking, they would see a totally different side of him. Holden's life has been tough, after loosing his two year old brother Allie from leukemia.. His older brother D.B. was a writer, and a struggling artist. The money he was making was not sufficent, so he had to struggle to make ends meat. Holden's dad is quite wealthy, and supports his education. Holden's mom is still in a state of shock and depression, due to the loss of her son, Allie. Phoebe, Holden's ten year old sister, is the only child that still lives at home.

Holden greatly admires Phoebe, because he knows that she will be the only successful child in the Caulfield family. Throughout the book Holden explains what he is feeling, and what his opinion is on anything and everything. This novel depicts the troubles Holden has with the younger generation, and the older generation, & seeing what the youth of the world is turning into. Holden is depicted as a very judgmental, emotional, caring & extremely opinionated youth.

Holden has many conflicts with the world, but one of his main conflicts is he passes judgment on people way too fast.

"I nodded. It really took everybody quite a long time to know him., He's a funny guy. A strange guy-in lots of ways. Like when I first met him, I thought he was kind of a snobbish person. Although I have only...