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If a body catches a body Holden Caulfields monologue in The Catcher in the Rye is an examination of one boys struggle of entering into adulthood He is a classic screw up with no goals just as Stradlater his roommate at Percey states you dont do one damn thing the way youresupposed to Salinger 41 It is really Holdens avoidance of having to grow up and his fears related to it It is because of Holdens fears the he becomes so full of despair and loneliness and is often nauseated by the world around him Lunquist 38-9 He continually puts himself into situations that only lead to his personal pain or revulsion and then brood on them repetitively after He could in some respects be defined as a masochist Holden dwells in the past obsessing over his dead brother Allie and his former classmate at Elkton Hills James Castle He often goes places he should not be or only going there to serve the purpose of depressing him Holden though he has no true desire to talk to certain people he often out of loneliness calls them anyway 42 It is probably because of Holdens masochistic tendencies that his favorite story in the bible is about Legion a lunatic that lived in the tombs and kept cutting himself with stones as to described himself Salinger Like Legion Holden possesses many demons those of fate and death emptiness and meaninglessness guilt and condemnation despair and lastly the demon of jealously Once again torturing himself Holden dwells in jealousy about what Stradlater and Jane Gallagher are doing on their date Lunquist 42-3 After getting into a physical fight with Stradlater he runs from reality and leaves school in the middle of the night Holdens demonic possession continues when he is on the train on his way to New York There he meets one of his now former classmates mother Knowing that classes do not
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