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When I met Holden Caulfield my first impression was And he just now started talking to a therapist He comes off as eccentric pessimistic and just plain strange I started to wonder how any person this different from me who seems to find life pointless could ever be related to me But as I continued to read on I realized hes merely holding open the feelings most of us try to repress for the whole world to see Holden is a simple seventeen year old about 6 feet partially grey-haired and horribly skinny Hes also considered a total outcast In a nutshell hes the kind of guy youd see receiving a swirly as you walk by the boys bathroom But as most outcasts he proves simply to be a boy who happens to question the world for what it is Perhaps his most outspoken opinion is on phonies He calls them for what they really are people who care way too much about material matters His ideas of wealth and corruption apply to everyone These are feelings we all share I can scarcely remember him meeting anyone without complaining at least once about how fake their expressions were But this is true of the world Stop anyone walking down the street and theyll be forced to admit to placing some weight on wealth Our entire society is based around the idea of what you have not what you are Holden instead of changing himself to fit the mold that has been set decides to break the mold The only problem is that most people like the mold just fine He tries to share his theories with Sally Hayes a girl he dates but she reacts as I myself did She thinks hes crazy This story seems to also centered on growing up Holden is a teenager rapidly approaching adulthood He is strongly attracted to the adults side of life- the smoking the freedom the idea
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