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While reading the book The Catcher in the Rye one begins to ponder what exactly has gone awry inside the mind of Holden Caulfield Time and time again he craves attention and companionship yet once he has what he desires or comes within reach of it he withdraws from the situation His abstract behavior and absurd actions continually push Holden further and further away from society Holden has the attitude that everyone in the world outside his family is a phony which does not allow him to really form lasting meaningful relationships Holden often feels betrayed and that is a possible cause of his problems Although he feels that no one understands him and that everyone is a phony Holdens real problem is that he alienates himself from society Despite Holdens craving for attention he continually removes himself immediately from the situation once he loses interest or something doesnt seem right One such example of this behavior is when he is with Sunny the prostitute he comments I dont feel very much like myself tonight Ive had a rough night Honest to God Ill pay you and all but do you mind very much if we dont do it Do you mind very muchSalinger 96 It is as if he has an ideal way of doing things but one small change or surprise causes Holden to feel uncomfortable or want to leave When he wakes up at Mr Antolinis apartment he had no idea what to expect What he was doing was he was sitting on the floor right next to the couch in the dark and all and he was sort of petting Booth 2 me or patting me on the goddam head192 The smallest things cause Holden to jump to conclusions and he reacts to it without thinking Holdens extreme reactions and odd behavior are also a key factor in his alienation He takes everything to the extremes especially his work on
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