scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 328
Holden Caufield the main character in JD Salingers novel The Catcher in the Rye has two distinct sides to his personality He is sometimes sarcastic and cynical and he is sometimes kind and sweet The majority of the book is in Holdens sarcastic and cynical personality One instance that we see this is towards the beginning of the book when Holden is in his room and Ackley barges in At one point Holden says How bout sitting down or something Ackley kid Holden later mentions It drove him mad when I called him Ackley kid Obviously Holden does not mind irritating people on purpose Another instance that we see these characteristics of Holden is the night he leaves Pencey At the top of his voice he yells Sleep tight ya morons This clearly shows that he thinks lowly of the bastards at Pencey Holdens other personality sweet and kind also plays an important role in the book We see these traits shine when Holden talks about Allie Holden thinks about Allie his deceased brother a lot Holden feels very guilty because he is still living and Allie had to die He does not feel he should be able to live anymore because it is not fair This shows how caring and compassionate Holden can be This personality also shows when Sunny the prostitute comes to Holdens hotel room Sunny seems to be in a hurry and wants to get it over with but when Holden realizes how young she is it depresses him He is feeling peculiar and says he just wants to talk Holden really just wants someone to hold a logical conversation with Throughout the entire book Holden has two clashing personalities This makes it hard to distinguish who he really is Is he cynical and sarcastic sweet and kind or both JD Salinger has done an excellent job of making the reader decide for themself
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA