How Does Holden Change In Catcher In The Rye

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Holden; a young man with very big expectations to life. He sincerely believes that once you get a move on things in life, everything will be simply handed to you on a silver platter. He is also very caring, as he cares for Mr. and Mrs. Spencer, whom are a loving couple and Mr. Spencer, a retired history teacher, who cares about Holden’s future. Now Holden seems like a very charismatic young man, but all that wit and charisma, all of that dry sense of humor and annoyingness, it’s all an act. He uses it to cover up his true feelings. You know, make his life a little something more worth living for. According to himself, his family isn’t exactly the Brady Bunch, their like every other dysfunctional family that just wants their kids to succeed…show more content…
He loves her truly and is mesmerized by her grace and charm. So little, so innocent. She sees her reaching for the gold rings on the top of the carousel as all of the younger children did the same. He begins to think and says "The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them." In this novel Holden faces many things that now at days are near to impossible for a sixteen year old to fall through with. Ever since his first obstacle at school, Holden just looked at it as if it were nothing. The whole tone of the novel sounds as if this young man has everything down pat, when in the subtext you can sense the sadness, the depression. Towards the end of the novel, we find out that Holden is set in a psychiatric hospital, everyone asking him all sorts of questions. He admits his sorrow and misses everyone that ventured on this journey with him. Stradler, Ackley, even Maurice the elevator man from the hotel. You never get a sense of how much something is really worth until it is gone. His sister told him he misremembered the phrase of his fantasy, “the catcher in the rye” when in reality the true line from Robert Burns’s poem reads: “if a body meets a body, coming through the rye.” This entire time catching people, instead he should have been catching

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