Holden's Character

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1. Beginning

1.1. Holden is seen as a very angered character at first. He doesn't want to deal with anyone, and points out everyone's flaws using profanity. He describes multiple people in a negative way.

1.1.1. His family

1.1.2. Ackley

1.1.3. Stradlater

1.1.4. Mr. Spencer

1.2. Holden often lies about his qualities and the things he does to other people.

1.2.1. "I'm the most terrific liar." pg. 16

1.2.2. When he has a conversation with Mr. Spencer, he lies about how things are going with school.

1.2.3. When Holden interacts with Ernest's mother, he creates himself to be a character that he truly is not. He also lies about certain situations in his life. In the end, he felt guilty for lying about himself.

1.3. It seems as if Holden is choosing to be isolated, because he doesn't want to deal with other people.

1.3.1. After Holden left the Spencer's house, he went back to his dorm and read a book silently. He describes how books often made him feel happy, especially when he has peace to read them. When Ackley comes in, Holden's happiness goes down the drain.

1.4. 'I don't care' kind of attitude.

1.4.1. Makes himself be seen as if he doesn't care for his education. When he talks to Spencer When he talks to Ackley

1.4.2. "Game my ass.. I'd never yell good luck at anybody." pg. 15-16 This quote shows that when Mr. Spencer wished him good luck, he replied as if he didn't care about it.

1.5. Hidden Care

1.5.1. When Holden explains certain situations, it seems as if he doesn't care all the time, but some things he does gives us a hint that he truly cares. When Holden speaks to Mr. Spencer about his education, he swears about most of it when Holden was exposed to the reality of his education. He was mostly ashamed of himself, but presented himself as if he didn't care. "When I leave a place, I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse." pg. 4 This shows that he has some sentimental feeling towards the places he goes.

2. Middle

2.1. Near the middle of the story, it's clear to see that Holden does care about his future.

2.1.1. He gets kicked out of school, but keeps applying to more.

2.1.2. Talks about how great his family was.

2.1.3. Too ashamed to admit the kind of person who he really is. (Lying continues) When meeting Ernest's mother for the first time, he introduces himself with a fake identity and says things to try to impress her, but deep down he knows that it's all not who he truly is.

2.2. Opens up his feelings after Allie's death, but you can see all of his built up anger as well.

2.2.1. "I slept in the garage the night he died and I broke all the windows with my fist just for the hell of it." pg. 39

2.2.2. "I was only 13, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage." pg. 38-39

2.2.3. "I'm not tough, I'm a Pacifist, if you want to know the truth." pg. 46 It sounds like Holden is breaking out to his true feelings because he wants to be honest about his himself now, and try not to lie so much about his personality.

2.3. "Soul Searching"

2.3.1. Constantly looking for someone to call whenever he's feeling down. Sometimes, he's hesitant to call people. "I thought of giving old Jane a buzz, to see if she was home yet and all, but I wasn't in the mood." pg. 105

2.3.2. Needs someone to communicate with. Someone to speak with. Someone to listen to him. Someone to care for him.

2.4. Mentally Isolated

2.4.1. Even though he lives in a crowded area, he feels lonely because he truly doesn't have anyone there to support him.

2.4.2. "I guess it was because i was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome." pg. 149

2.4.3. "I felt so lonesome all of a sudden.." pg. 48

2.4.4. "It's not fun to be yellow.." pg. 89

2.4.5. "All the athletic bastards stick together." pg. 56 Just another quote describing other people and their groups, but Holden sees himself nowhere in any group.

2.4.6. Lousy Feeling "I don't get hardly anything out of anything. I'm in bad shape. I'm in lousy shape." pg. 131 Holden admits that he isn't the greatest, he's miserable and he needs to do better. Sally then agrees with him and she knows how lousy he is too.

3. End

3.1. Similar Characteristics

3.1.1. Still mentally isolated.

3.1.2. A bit of anger held within, but not as much.

3.1.3. Still lousy.

3.2. Opens Up Feelings

3.2.1. Shares personal thoughts out to his sister, Phoebe. Holden couldn't describe to her what he truly likes, but he was able to tell her what he wants to do in the future.

3.2.2. Let's the audience (readers) get a more detailed idea of what Holden really wants. When Holden was in Phoebe's elementary school, he saw that several inappropriate words were written on certain spots around the school. Holden got rid of the marks that he could, so other kids wouldn't be exposed to the profanity. He described how upset it made him, which let us as readers know that Holden was really determined to protect the innocence of Children. "But while I was sitting down, I saw something that drove me crazy. Somebody'd written 'F*** you' on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy." pg. 260 " I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them - all cockeyed, naturally - what it meant, and how they'd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days." pg. 260

3.2.3. Doesn't want any children to grow up under the same tracks as Holden did. Meaning that he doesn't want kids to make poor decisions that will end them up in the same situation that Holden goes through. It makes him feel better to see kids in a happy and innocent stage. "I felt so damn happy all of a suddem. the way old Phoebe kept going around and around. I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth." pg. 275