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Joe Olwig English III Criticism Paper Longing for emotional support Holden perversely trusts almost no one He views his world not incorrectly as being full of phonies often he fantasizes about a solitary life as a self-sufficient deaf-mute Holden Caulfield is quite the extraordinary character Though Holden narrates in a cynical and jaded voice he is actually very intelligent and carries sensitivity unlike most teenage boys He finds the hypocrisy and spitefulness of the world around him almost intolerable and through his sarcasm he tries to protect himself from the pain and frustration of the adult world His trust for people minimizes as his life goes on until he finally feels obligated to keep nearly everything personal to himself Holdens past life experiences may just be the reason for Holdens distrust in so many people In Holden I see a troubled and unreliable character that seems to believe that whatever he thinks is true in fact is always the truth Holden has failed out of four schools he manifests complete lack of concern toward his future he is hospitalized where he is visited by a psychoanalyst and he is unable to connect anyone at all I do believe though that the main reason for his emotional state of mind being vulnerable is due to the death of his brother and the suicide of a classmate committed in school Holden has been deeply affected by these tragedies and has yet to recover emotionally from them Holden is hurt and confused because of these happenings and therefore finds it hard to confide in anyone he knows He feels betrayed because of these losses in his life and as a result feels that most people in the world are fake or as Caulfield puts it phonies Holden expresses himself to people in many peculiar ways causing it to be rather complicated when trying to figure him out The most noticeable of Holdens peculiarities
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