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Holden Caulfield JD Salinger gives Holden a realistic voice and perspective that the reader can identify with We are able to understand how Holden has come to view this world of his through his past experiences and reactions to lifes situations He is a very unique character that doesnt exactly fit into a common stereo type Although he is similar to some boys his age Holdens beliefs and values often contrast with those of his peers Holden finds it difficult to relate to his schoolmates and he isolates himself from the entire environment He separates the world he knows into two different groups of people The group he is in consists of people like his siblings Allie and Phoebe Most other people are just lumped into another group he refers to as phonies Holden appreciates the memories he shared with Allie and Phoebes opinion and views on life When Phoebe says You dont like anything thats happening pg69 Holden becomes extremely defensive and tries to persuade Phoebe out of believing that He doesnt want to disappoint her because she is such an important person to him in his life Because Holden doesnt need his parents or any of his peers approval the few people that he does value in his life mean everything to him Holdens parents did not demonstrate much affection towards him during the novel because they were always sending him away to boarding school after boarding school Because Holden is unable to find many positive things in his life this taints his view of the world and we see that very little can bring him joy Allie his favorite brother died of leukemia a few years back and he is still very upset about that and finds it hard to let go Holden often dwells on his bad experiences in life and cannot move on from them and learn from it One reason why Holden
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