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  • Holden Lies
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    Holden Caulfield is the controversial character in The Catcher in the Rye. He goes through many changes throughout the novel as he matures from a child to an adult. In this book, he is portrayed as a confused teenager trying to find his place in the crazy world, while criticizing his foes and contradicting himself. The way he presents himself throughout the novel allows readers to relate to him better. His experiences and his thoughts vary, but still revolve around one main center of gravity whi...
  • Holden And Dave
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    Catcher in the Rye vs. Breaking Away Comparative Essay Both "Catcher in the Rye" a controversial novel by J.D. Salinger and "Breaking Away" a film viewed in class show two characters Holden and Dave, who often use lies to compensate for what they feel is lacking in their own identity. Lies are also present within relationships with their family and their peers as well as used to disguise low self-esteem. Both Holden and Dave's situations are good examples of what happens to one's life when disho...
  • Form Of Escape For Holden
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    Castle 1 Thomas Bryant CastleSalenger essay March 7, 2000 Escape from the truth In 1950 J.D. Salinger captures one of society's tragedies, the breakdown of a teenager, when he wrote The Catcher In The Rye. Holden Caulfield, a fickle "man" is not even a man at all. His unnecessary urge to lie to avoid confrontation defeats manhood. Holden has not matured and is unable to deal with the responsibility of living on his owe. He childishly uses a hunter's hat to disguise him self from others. The trut...
  • Scene With Mr Spencer Holden
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    The Catcher In The Rye In chapter two, Holden reveals some of his most important traits through his interaction with Mr. Spencer. In this scene, it is the first time you see Holden communicating with someone, but even in the beginning, he is apathetic the lesson Mr. Spencer is trying to teach him. However, although he looks at someone like Mr. Spencer negatively, he justifies his or her imperfections and keeps from disliking someone too strongly. Unfortunately, Holden does the same to himself as...
  • Holden's True Feelings About The Movies
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    Catcher In The Rye In the novel, The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, phonies play a grand role as one of the major themes of the novel. Webster's Dictionary defines a phony as, "a person who is not what he pretends to be". There are many examples of phonies in the novel, such as Sally Hayes, Stradlater, and even Holden Caulfield. Holden appears to be the biggest phonies of them all. Holden Caulfield is by far the king of all the phonies mentioned in the novel, The Catcher In The Rye, for h...
  • Reason Holden Lies
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    In "The Catcher in the Rye" the main character and narrator of the story is Holden Cau field. Holden is telling the story of his adolescence from a hospital in California after having had a nervous breakdown. Holden is a troubled teenager that is unable to cope with school, people and life. Holden lies a lot and for many different reasons but I believe the biggest reason he lies is to make it easier for him to cope with the world. Holden believes that the adult world is full of "phonies" and alt...

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