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Catcher in the Rye Symbolism The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger is a display of characters and incidents portrayed through the eyes of an adolscent Holden Caulfield the main character has been revealed in the first person view in a unique narrative of a teenage boy who forms a transition into adulthood Holden perceives the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no purity and that individuals in the world acquire a trait known as phony Throughout the novel Holden Caulfield refers to the conditions of the society he lives in and deals with his internal affairs and his extrinsic circumstances The setting of the book which is varied brings the reader to the conclusion that it takes place in a psycotherapy session Knowing this information allows the reader to understand thiat his story is being stated through Holdens mind which is essential to know due to the fact that Holden may not provide factual information based on his observations and assumptions towards society Though Holden opposes against societys phonies he is in need of compassion and friendship An example of Holdens need for fellowship is when he says I sort of miss everybody I told you about Even old Stradlater and Ackley for instance I think I miss even that goddam Maurice Despite Holdens hatred towards society he can be considered sane for the reason that he does stand against the false standards and hypocrisy society accepts Although Holden would probably like to accept the fact that the world is an easeful place he cannot pretend that his society is worthwhile Throughout the book Holden seemed to be lagged behnd in his emotions and his reactions to others Allie who is Holdens younger brother died of leukemia at
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