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Catcher in the Rye Essay Holden Caulfields problem is one of communication as a teenager he simply cannot get through to the adult world which surrounds him as a sensitive teenager he cannot even get through to others of his own age Do you agree In Catcher in the Rye the protagonist Holden Caulfield being a sensitive adolescent certainly has a communication problem not only with the adult world but also with his peers His problems of communication with others reveals his insecurity which is reflected in his awkward social skills and his feelings of alienation Despite his loneliness Holden dreads communication and this is partly due to his depression over the death of Allie but also due to the fact that with the exception of Phoebe he is unable to find someone as good and loving as Allie was with whom to communicate Another reason for Holdens communication problem is that he suffers the conflict of opposing desires--on the one hand to grow up and on the other to stay a child and live in a world of security and innocence like his sister Phoebe Holdens depression over Allies death contributes to his communication problems in that with the exception of Phoebe he cannot seem to find the experience of love and goodness in others that he found with Allie When he died Holden explains I was only thirteen and they were going to have me psychoanalysed and all because I broke all the windows in the garagewith my fist just for the hell of it This last statement just for the hell of it reveals Holdens naivete as readers would understand that Holden suffered so much because of Allies death and this manifested itself in anger and frustration Holden turns to Phoebe as his sole confidante because If you tell old Phoebe something she knows exactly what the hell youre talking about Thus he confesses to Phoebe his feelings
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