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Everyone knows and wants the all too true American dream to be or wants to be something that is better than what you are or have already In The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Holden Caulfield is an idealist who always envisions his life as it should be and not as it truly is It is the story of an emotionally disturbed sixteen-year-old boy told through a flashback In an attempt to deal with his problems and try to find himself he leaves the school which he was kicked out of to vacation alone in New York City Holdens view of adults is not likely of a boy his age While most teenagers Holdens age see adults as role models Holden perceives adults as phonies which always depress him Although Holden is shown as immature and inconsiderate he is also a nurturer He takes very good care of his sister Phoebe and puts a lot of trust in her He sees all children as beautiful and helpless As an idealist he thinks he can go forever Through out the novel the reader sees Holden as an idealist always wanting what he can never have and striving to always obtain what he wants out of his life Holdens views of adults are very unlikely for a boy his age Holden looks up tono one and sees all adults as phonies and hopes to never become like that Hefeels sorry for all of the phony and depressing people in the world especially his parents The two people Holden should look up to the most in the world he clearly despises His father is a lawyer and therefore he considers him phony because he views his fathers occupation as demoralizing Holden says Lawyers are all right I guess but it doesnt appeal to me All they do is make a lot of dough and play golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis
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