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The Catcher In The Rye In chapter two Holden reveals some of his most important traits through his interaction with Mr Spencer In this scene it is the first time you see Holden communicating with someone but even in the beginning he is apathetic the lesson Mr Spencer is trying to teach him However although he looks at someone like Mr Spencer negatively he justifies his or her imperfections and keeps from disliking someone too strongly Unfortunately Holden does the same to himself as he does to others He cannot decide who he is and it reveals itself when he cannot relate others Communicating is Holdens major flaw and Mr Spencer points it out In the scene with Mr Spencer Holden said that he thinks about old Spencer a lot Holden looks down on old Spencer because he views Spencer as living a sorry existence He mentions that Spencer spends most of his time sick in bed and is so useless that he needs someone to pick up his chalk when he drops it He explains that he does not know why old Spencer is even living Holden says I just mean that I used to think about old Spencer a lot and if you thought about him too much you wondered what the heck he was still living for Holden looked negatively upon Spencer but as Holden does frequently later in the book Holden justifies old Spencers life Thats awful in my opinion But if you thought about him just enough and not too much you could figure out that he wasnt too bad for himself Holden therefore looks at both the negative and positive sides of a person He does the same to sally He repeats that shes phony as hell and gives him a pain in the ass but he tells her that she is the only reason he stays in New York He wanted her to run
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