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Holden Caulfields Perception and Gradual Acceptance of the Real World In The Catcher in the Rye Holden views the world as an evil place where there is no peace This perception of the world does not change significantly throughout novel However as the novel progresses Holden gradually comes to the realization that he is powerless to change this corruption During the short span of Holdens life covered in this book Holden does succeed in making us perceive that the world is crazy Shortly after Holden leaves Pencey Prep he checks in to the Edmont Hotel 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 forward as the more he looks around this world the more depressing life seems Around every corner Holden sees evil He looks out on a world which appears completely immoral and unprincipled The three days we learn of from the novel place a distressed Holden in the vicinity of Manhattan The city is decked with decorations and holiday splendor yet much
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