Holden's Journey In Catcher In The Rye

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J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden Caulfield’s coming-of-age journey. The novel opens after his expulsion from Pencey Prep when he travels back to his home in New York City. Holden begins to face his fears of losing innocence, the death of his brother, and his inability to connect with people. After he breaks down, he begins to rebuild himself following Phoebe’s carousel ride and when she puts his red hunting cap on his head. During the course of the book, Holden goes from his lowest point and then slowly rebuilds, coming to several realizations along the way. Holden fears losing his innocence as he becomes an adult, and he deals with this when he goes to see his sister Phoebe at the family apartment. He notes that only children look peaceful when they sleep, a comment on their innocence, and is…show more content…
He meets several people with whom he does speak, but he feels they do not listen to him. He needs an adult to let him know that when he grows up that he will be okay, and there are several times where this is possible, but either he leaves because he becomes uncomfortable, finds them “phony,” or they do not listen to him. Holden wants someone to tell him he will be okay, but he constantly pushes those who might assure him of this away, and only worsens his emotional state. Holden’s misinterpretation of others’ actions and his trust issues become apparent when he visits Mr. Antolini, an old teacher of his. While at Mr. Antolini’s home, he falls asleep and awakes to find Mr. Antolini standing over him with his hand on Holden’s forehead. Holden assumes Mr. Antolini is making a pass at him and runs out. Realistically, Mr. Antolini saw Holden as a sick kid who needed help and was not making advances on him; however, this is not Holden’s view and he pushes away the first adult who tries to let him know that the world is not a terrible place. He continues to wall himself in from the world out of

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