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Lifes Many Obstacles In J D Salingers The Catcher in the Rye the protagonist Holden is faced with many obstacles Like most tragic heroes he is a man who is reasonably happy at the beginning of the tragedy but as the tragedy develops some failure in his personality begins to affect events so that his progress is a movement from happiness to misery The ultimate misery results from his final awareness of his personalities limits or failures Much of Holdens misery is a result of his inability to successfully handle particular problems regarding adolescence Holdens loneliness and overall low self-esteem are the primary adolescent motivaters for his breakdown Holdens general need for female companionship leads him to a reasonably accurate self-analysis he thinks that he is the biggest sex maniac you ever saw but later admits that he really doesnt understand sex or know much about it Holden however finds himself feeling rather horny and decides to call upon the service of Faith Cavendish She wasnt exactly a whore or anything but she didnt mind doing it once in a while Holden feels this experience will thrust him into what he considers the adult world The conversation with Faith was a long one but inevitably led to nothing An incursion into the adult world or what Holden considers it to be had been thwarted In part the failure happens because he doesnt really know the rules and also because loneliness is not a substitute for experience Habitual lying is a trait not only found in adolescence but also in people of all ages It is sometimes generated from a lack of self-esteem boredom and self-preservation Holden exaggerates many truths not out of a conscious decision to deceive but rather to lend emphasis to facts he is unsure of as when he states Pencey Prep advertises in about a thousand magazines However Holden also has no convictions against telling outright untruths if he can come
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