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Everyone has to make choices about what is important to them during life and often the time when this is hardest is the teen years In The Catcher In The Rye author JD Salinger epitomizes the growing pains of these teen years The main character Holden Caulfield is a sixteen year old boy who has many ideas and values typical to teens He also has characteristics that for teens are not necessarily normal Salinger uses a train of thought writing which shows the emotions and thoughts as well as physical actions of Holden His character is developed just as you would get to know him if you were meeting him This style is effective in showing his different characteristics and makes the change of normal to not normal traits more visible Looking at his normal side Holden is rebellious against the world and despises the fakeness of it Mainly he hates people He thinks that rich people are crooks and that the more expensive the school is that hes attending the more crooks there are He says when he goes to visit Mr Spencer that hes not too crazy about sick people He doesnt like how Catholics stick together and he doesnt like intellectuals He hates the phoniness of people and says it drives me crazy It makes me so depressed I go crazy He calls the athletes bastards and just about everybody else a moron On his way out of Pencey he yells Sleep tight ya morons And rather than referring to a person as that guy or the blond girl he calls people perverts screwballs pimpy- looking guyswhory-looking blondes dopes jerks corny and ignorant His hatred is not limited to people though He also hates cars and cliques movies and money He hates the word grand While talking to Mr Spencer he informs us of this Theres a word grand I really hate Its a phony I could puke every
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