Personality Essay

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“Catcher in the Rye”, by J.D. Salinger, is a timeless classic of a boy just trying to find himself in world full of rejecting people. The main characters name is Holden Caulfield. Holden is a sixteen year old boy who has been expelled from a yet another school. Holden has many problems in his life ranging from girlfriends to family. He does not have many friends, the girl he used to love had sex with a boy he hates, and his little brother passed away at a very young age. No matter what Holden tries to do, it seems life only gets worse. Holden has a strange personality. He wants to hold onto every childhood aspect that he can yet have sex with a prostitute. Every character in “Catcher in the ...view middle of the document...

While returning back to Holden’s room, he comes across a man named Maurice who offers Holden a prostitute. Holden at first only wants sex and is anxious to finally find someone to have it with; however when the time actually comes he only wants to talk to Sunny. Holden feels sexual attraction towards Sunny but love towards Jane. Jane is Holden’s dream girl; he basically loves everything about her except for the fact that she had sex with Stradlater. Jane is one of the few people the make Holden happy, “You never even worried, with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were”. (Salinger) Jane and Sunny show the love and sexual sides of Holden’s personalities, Sunny being the sexual, and Jane being the love.
Holden does not have adult figures in his life. His parents are never there for him and just ship him off to new schools whenever he is having problems at current ones. The closest thing Holden has to an adult figure in his life is Mr. Antolini. Mr. Antolini shows the adult side of Holden’s personality. At first Holden looks up to Mr. Antolini but when he stays the night at his house Holden just sees that he is as corrupt and phony as the rest of the world. When Holden is asleep he is awaken by the touch of Mr....

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