"Catcher In The Rye" By J.D. Salinger.

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The Character Development and Struggles Of Holden Caulfield, In The Book "Catcher In The Rye"

In the book Catcher In The Rye, we are introduced to a boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden's parents invest much money in him, as we can tell by the upper-class schools he attends. Holden is constantly letting his parents down by being expelled from school after school for his very sub-par academic achievement. With all of these expulsions from different schools, one would think that Holden would become more devoted to improving his future life, but by the quote "Oh I feel some concern for my future, all right. Sure. Sure I do. But not too much, I guess. Not too much, I guess." (Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger, Little, Brown and Company Books, 1945) it is easily understood that Holden does not realize what he is doing to his future.

In this story, Holden Caulfield is the protagonist and narrator of the novel, and

all the events in the plot revolve around him. He is a sixteen year old boy who has trouble fitting in and finding a place for himself in life. Aside from being the protagonist, Holden is also the antagonist in this story. Holden's antagonist is his inability to fit into society. Throughout the novel, he is pitted against different characters, social situations, educational environments, technology, and the world in general. But Holden is really fighting himself, and until he learns who he is and finds a place for himself in the world, he cannot be at peace.

The major conflict in this book is that Holden can not find his place within society (as stated above). There are many examples of this in "Catcher in the rye". The first example we come...