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Catcher in the Rye By Matthew J Previts E-mail mjp8379csicom Holden Caulfied Saint Snob or Somewhere In-between Although JD Salinger has only one novel to his credit that novel The Catcher in the Rye is recognized as an exceptional literary work The key to the success of The Catcher in the Rye is the main character Holden Caulfield There are many different critics that view Holden in many different ways Some believe Holden to be a conceited snob while others see Holden as a Christ-like figure It is my opinion however that Holden is somewhere in the middle Holden Caulfield is a character who has a definite code of honor that he attempts to live up to and expects to as abide by as well Since the death of his brother Allie Holden has experienced almost a complete sense of alienation from the world around him This alienation is evident in every part of his life Holden is unable to relate to anyone at the three prep schools he has attended While standing on Thomsen Hill Holden cannot help but feel isolated when he observes the football game you were supposed to commit suicide or something if Old Pencey didnt win Salinger 2 Not only does Holden feel isolated at the schools he has attended he has this feeling when it comes to his family as well Upon his return to New York City Holden does not go home Instead he chooses to hide out from his family According to Ernest Jones with his alienation go assorted hatreds of movies of night clubs of social and intellectual pretension and so on And physical disgust pimples sex an old man picking his nose are all equal cause for nausea Jones 7 Holden feels Previts 2 as though all of these people have failed him in some way or that they are all phonies or corny in some way or another It is Holdens
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