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Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield was the protagonist of the book The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger This story took place at Holdens former school Pencey Prep in Agerstown Pennsylvania and in his hometown New York City It covers the forty-eight hour period in the late nineteen forties in which Holden got kicked out of his school and was returning to New York Holden was a confused person with many different feelings and characteristics which he was often hesitant to show While returning home discovered many of his distinct characteristics which greatly affected him Holdens physical appearance and language helped describe him as a person Holden was a lanky 6 feet 2 inches sixteen-year-old He had a premature growth of gray hair on his head which he generally covered with his favorite red hunting hat He was a frail person who was unable to make a fist with one of his hands This was because he had broken all the windows in the garage in order to vent his anger after the death of his brother Allie He used the kind of language that most teenagers use He favored words such as crummy lousy phony and goddamn to express his opinions and describe the people that he was critical of He used expressions such as that really made me depressed and that killed me In many ways Holden looked and talked like any other adolescent Holdens attributes helped define him as a person First of all Holden was a very judgmental person He was quick to form an opinion about those he knew very little of such as Ernie Ernie was a man who played the piano at a village nightclub Holden often went to Although Holden knew barely anything about the man he assumed by Ernies actions that Ernie was a very stuck-up man who put on airs and wanted a lot of attention He also formed a quick opinion of the ladies
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