Holden's Pacifism In Catcher In The Rye

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When Holden, the narrator in The Catcher in the Rye, gets into a tussle with Stradler and ends up getting knocked out or at least knock down.Holden gets up to clean himself and when he looks at himself in the mirror, he says “All that blood and all sort of made me look tough.I’d only been in about two fights in my life, and I lost both of them. I’m not too tough. I’m a pacifist, if you want to know the truth.” This part is really important to me because it shows a really important trait and pattern he shows throughout the book infer one action yet he chooses to do another one, for example, when he thinks about catching and beating up the guy that graffiti’s the school walls but he won’t do anything because he’s a pacifist. He thinks unrealistically…show more content…
I think I even miss that goddam Maurice. It’s funny. Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” I feel this is an important part in the book because It shows that a person might feel a certain way about somebody, but after some time is gone by and they have time to reflect they realize that their feelings are completely changed. Holden is an example of change throughout the entire book he has contemplated doing other things, he always had a habit of putting everything down, thinking people and certain subjects were a drag and annoying. He had shown hatred towards a good deal of things so much so that Phoebe began to think nothing made him happy and he liked nothing at all. To think he would look back at guys like Maurice and Stradler and not have utter hate towards them surprises me, it goes to show that Holden isn’t really wise about how he feels about people at certain times. He thought he loved Sally Hayes and wanted to marry her right then and when he went to the bar with Carl Luce to realize he doesn’t really like her personality and he didn’t even know why felt like he loved her at that moment. He was clueless I feel this serves an important life lesson because sometimes people don’t even know themselves in the heat of the moment. Anything and everything can happen to

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