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Holden Caulfield is the main character and narrator in The Catcher in the Rye Everything that happens is seen through his eyes He is a sensitive adolescent rebelling against the superficiality and materialism of conventional society Holden is highly-strung nervous and a volatile character moving towards a mental breakdown The whole novel is about Holden He is a 16 year old adolescent telling his story from a mental institution where he is being treated He is kind In the novel we are shown a number of times of this when he loaned Stradlater his jacket pg29 in and doing his essay pg36 Holden is compassionate as he is constantly feeling sorry for others He is also charitable and considerate as when he donated money to the nuns pg115 Holden talks and often acts impulsively All of a sudden for no good reason really except that I was sort of in the mood for horsing around I felt like jumping off the washbowl and getting Stradlater in a half-nelson Holden loves but his hates overpower and dominate him he can not name one thing that he really likes when Phoebe asks him to pg176 He characterises his hates with the phoney He is warned by Mr Antolini about the direction he is moving in which inevitably leads to some kind of terrible terrible fall Holdens frame of mind permits him only to see the ugliness around him and rarely does he see these faults in perspective Holden is important in the text as he is the text He is The Catcher in the Rye and the whole novel is around his fall and his problems Holdens character is given a lot of depth and without this he would start to be unbelievable as a real character As everything is seen through his eyes we are influenced to believe his hates and not to take them into independent perspective
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