Plot[ edit ] Holden Caulfielda teenager, is living in an unspecified institution in Southern California near Hollywood in Caulfield intends to live with his brother D.
Although he is intelligent and sensitive, Holden narrates in a cynical and jaded voice. He finds the hypocrisy and ugliness of the world around him almost unbearable, and through his cynicism he tries to protect himself from the pain and disappointment of the adult world.
However, the criticisms that Holden aims at people around him are also aimed at himself. He is uncomfortable with his own weaknesses, and at times displays as much phoniness, meanness, and superficiality as anyone else in the book.
As the novel opens, Holden stands poised on the cliff separating childhood from adulthood. His inability to successfully negotiate the chasm leaves him on the verge of emotional collapse. Read an in-depth analysis of Holden Caulfield.
Ackley is a pimply, insecure boy with terrible dental hygiene. Holden believes that Ackley makes up elaborate lies about his sexual experience. Jane never actually appears in The Catcher in the Rye, but she is extremely important to Holden, because she is one of the few girls whom he both respects and finds attractive.
Although she is six years younger than Holden, she listens to what he says and understands him more than most other people do.
At times, she exhibits great maturity and even chastises Holden for his immaturity. Antolini, Phoebe seems to recognize that Holden is his own worst enemy. Read an in-depth analysis of Phoebe Caulfield. Allie dies of leukemia three years before the start of the novel. Allie was a brilliant, friendly, red-headed boy—according to Holden, he was the smartest of the Caulfields.
She is certainly more conventional than Holden in her tastes and manners. Read an in-depth analysis of Mr.
Luce is three years older than Holden and has a great deal of sexual experience. At Whooton, he was a source of knowledge about sex for the younger boys, and Holden tries to get him to talk about sex at their meeting.
Read an in-depth analysis of Carl Luce. Antolini now teaches at New York University. He is young, clever, sympathetic, and likable, and Holden respects him. Holden sometimes finds him a bit too clever, but he looks to him for guidance.
Like many characters in the novel, he drinks heavily. She is one of a number of women in the book with whom Holden clumsily attempts to connect.Read The Catcher in the Rye from the story The Catcher in the Rye- Ten Years Later by rhythm-of-the-night (Ash Hayworth) with 2, reads.
depression, institut Reviews: 6. Holden, Ten Years Later. Looking back on my life, it's gone by pretty damn fast. I mean ten years gone just like that.
It really doesn't feel like it. I still feel like the same dumb teenager I always was. I guess that's all I will ever be. I never thought I would amount to much anyways, considering how I . Read story The Catcher In The Rye -- Ten Years Later by Michaella_Vann (Brittlyn) with 1, reads.
shot, one, miscarriages. Seagulls flying about in the world Reviews: 3. He is only 25, a year younger than me. And I'm supposed to fight my case against one of the best lawyers in the city, my own father.
That just depresses me even more. Holden walks to the train in the snow and gets on. A little while later, an older woman sits next to him on the train(Ms. Morrow). She is the mother of a snobby, annoying kid at Pencey, but Holden lies saying he was the most popular kid in school.
Louis Menand on J. D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” and on the persistent power of Holden Caulfield, fifty years after the book’s publication.