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Catcher In The Rye Essay

949 words - 4 pages

The book Catcher in the Rye tells of Holden Caulfield's insight about
life and the world around him. Holden shares many of his opinions about
people and leads the reader on a 5 day visit into his mind. Holden,
throughout the book, made other people feel inferior to his own. I can
relate to this because although I do not view people inferior to myself, I
do judge others unequally. Holden and I both have similar judgements of
people from the way they act and behave. We also share feelings about
motivation as well as lack of it. After reading this book, I came to the
conclusion that Holden and I are much more similar than I initially
believed.

Holden portrayed others to be inferior to his own ...view middle of the document...

Holden didn't like
phonies, he thought of them as if they were trying to show off. He didn't
like it when they showed off because it seemed so fake and unnatural every
time they would do so.

"At the end of the first act we went out with all
the other jerks for a cigarette. What a deal that
was. You never saw so many phonies in all your life,
everybody smoking their ears off and talking about
the play so that everybody could hear how sharp they
were." (pg. 126)

I know many people like this as well. I do not like phonies either. I
have many friends who talk using full vocabulary just to try to impress
you, and others who make note of everything they see to show you how
perceptible they are. People do this when they have a fear of their own
individuality and feel that they need to ace different to get people to
like them. Holden and I both dislike phonies. We do not like people who
take on roles of others to seem more likeable because they are insecure.

Throughout the book Holden displays a lack of motivation for many
things in which he should do. Holden couldn't even call up an old
girlfriend whom he knew a long time ago.

"But when I got inside this phone booth, I
wasn't much in the mood any more to give old
Jane a buzz." (Pg. 150)

Holden also had a problem getting his motivation together in order to
complete schoolwork and succeed in his prep school. I have similar problems
with my motivation and find at times I...

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