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Steven Boldis January 71999In The Catcher in the Rye Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace This perception of the world does not change significantly through the novel However as the novel progresses Holden gradually comes to the realization that he is powerless to change thisDuring the short period of Holdens life covered in this book Holden does succeed in making us believe that the world is crazy Shortly after Holden leaves Pencey Prep he checks in to the EdmontHotel This is where Holdens turmoil begins Holden spends the following evening in this hotel which was full of perverts and morons There were screwballs all over the place His situation only deteriorates from this point on as the more he looks around this world the more depressing life seemsAround every corner Holden sees evil He looks out on a world which appears completely immoral The three days we learn of from the novel place a distressed Holden in the are of Manhattan The city is decked with decorations and holiday splendor yet much to Holdensdespair seldom yields any occasions of peace charity or even genuine merriment Holden is surrounded by what he views as drunks perverts morons and screwballs These convictions which Holden holds waver very momentarily during only one particular scene in the book The scene is that with Mr Antolini After Mr Antolini patted Holden on the head while he was sleeping Holden jumped up and ran out thinking that Mr Antolini was a pervert as well This is the only time during the novel where Holden thinks twice about considering someone as a pervert After reviewing Mr Antolini Holden finally concludes that maybe he wasnt making a flirty pass at him Maybe he just like patting guys heads as they sleep This is really the only time in the novel where Holden actually considers a positive side This event does not constitute a
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