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In JD Salingers Catcher in the Rye the narrator and main character Holden Caulfield tell the reader a brief history of his life in which focuses on the events that occurred after he flunked out of his prep school Pencey The events that Holden focuses on take place in New York City during a period of a few days During these events Holden develops a maturity level that starts at a sophomoric persona to one that shows he has become a mature young adult Holden views James Castle a former student at a previous school he attended as an example of he must strive for as a teen who is struggling to find what he stands for morally Holden explains that Castle was a quiet individual who also one who stuck up for what he believed in Castle even stuck up for what he until death Even when he would not take back a statement he made about another student even when the student and the students friends cornered castle in his room He found the only escape from the students he could jumping to his death from his window Holden views this trait as very honorable and In Holdens view Castle is a martyr to all those who are strong willed and moral To Holden this is the exemplary example of a trait a person of maturity should have Also Holden has a mature respect for Mr Atonini for picking up James Castles dead body while all the others were in a sense afraid of Castle but Mr Antoini jumped right in to help When Mr Antoini found that Castle was dead he draped his coat over the dead body and carried him to the infirmary This is also another trait Holden respect and strives to have as he matures That is the trait of selflessness and helping ones fellow man Holden also learns of the impurity of the real world
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