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The novel The Catcher in the Rye written by JD Salinger challenges readers to find a positive side to the pessimistic character Holden Caulfield By judging his actions and thoughts readers can indicate his beliefs of existentialism romanticism and humanism He is lost in the cruel world with no support from family or friends and alienates himself to those closest to himHoldens negative thoughts and hard judgment of others prove him to be an existentialist which causes him to become isolated and alienated He judges everyone harshly from Phoebe to Ward Stradlater When Sally rejects Holden to run away his first instinct is to automatically push her away by saying You give me a royal pain in the ass if you want to know the truth 133 This aggression and rudeness towards Sally is just a common retort to avoid getting hurt Also to avoid a connection with Mrs Morrow Holden told her he is Pency States janitor Rudolph Schmidt and tells lies about her son Ernie Did he tell you about the class elections Well a bunch of us wanted old Ernie to be president of the class I mean he was the unanimous choice 56 By not telling the truth about his identity Holden builds a wall to defend himself from connection with Mrs Morrow In the end of the novel it is hope that Holden realizes that he is an existentialist and even though there may be consequences he has to take a chance and go for the gold ringHolden is a romantic because he doesnt accept reality He forces himself to believe that all children are innocent The thought that a child is jaded isnt even a possibility to him For example when someone wrote a swear word on the walls at Phoebes school he figured it was some perverty bum thatd sneaked in the school late at night to take a leak or something and then wrote it on
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