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In The Catcher in Rye Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace of mind or innocence His perception of the world does not change as the novel develops however towards the end Holden gradually comes to realize that he is powerless to change it Ironically I think he does mature as the novel progressesAlthough we are only told of a short period of Holdens life in the book Holden is very successful in telling his point of view of the world a crazy and corrupt After Holden leaves Pencey Prep and checks into the Edmont Hotel is where I see most of his turmoil starts to begin When he spends the evening in the Hotel he finds himself surrounded by morons and perverts There were screwballs all over the place He said His situation only deteriorates from there on The more he looks around at the world the more depressing it seems He is generous to remind us that about every 5 sentences On his date with Sally he asks her if she ever just gets fed up and wanted to know if everything would just get worse if you didnt do anything about it I saw that Holden was in a state of turmoil and confusion in that scene He wants to put his past behind him and start a new life I feel that this is a sign of maturity because he is at a state which he has had experience with everyday life and wants to get far away from it In the novel I also never saw Holden as immature I always saw him as a protector of the innocent When Holden sneaks into his house and talks to Phoebe I feel that he is explaining what happened on his date with Sally about his plans and all but in a very symbolic and picturesque manner He essentially tells Phoebe that he wants
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