Catcher in the Rye: Who is the Real Holden?

Catcher in the Rye, Holden feels separated partly due to the fact that he resides in such a confined circle. All his schoolmates are rich, privileged kids with narrow worldviews, however, paradoxically, he’s likewise too rich and privileged to connect with anybody who isn’t like him. Holden’s recurring quality is that he is isolating himself from society as a whole. Throughout the book, as Holden meets people, he seems to push them away. However, in truth, he’s pushing himself away. The first example we see in the book of Holden separating himself is at the football video game. It’s a Saturday afternoon, the entire school is at the video game and he is alone. “Anyhow, it was the Saturday of the football video game.

I remember around 3 o’clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on the top of Thomsen Hill (Salinger, pg.2). In the passage, you can see that while everybody is down at the video game which he discusses “is the most essential” considering that it’s “the last video game of the season” he was on the hill seeing from afar. So, if something is truly important, the majority of the time individuals would make themselves go to these events, however in Holden’s case he does not. He does not because he thinks everybody is bogus and everyone is fake. Which causes Holden trying to call somebody when he got of at Penn Station after leaving Pencey Prep. “The very first thing I did when I left at Penn Station, I entered into a phone booth. I seemed like giving someone a buzz. …, but as quickly as I was within, I could not think of any person to call. (Salinger, pg. 59)” Holden says that when he got to Penn Station he seemed like “offering somebody a buzz”, but when he ‘d consider someone he ‘d then continue to shut the idea out, by saying “however I didn’t feel like it” especially when it pertained to Jane, despite the fact that it’s clear that he really did care about her seeing that he got so mad about Stradlater’s date with her.

Although she was the only person he’s revealed Allie’s glove to. He speaks about calling her throughout the book but he always finds a reason not to call her. When he does and her mom responses he just hangs up, he does not bother asking if she exists. He states that’s due to the fact that he isn’t insane about speaking to moms, as he states he is. But in truth he sees people in the adult world as phonies, which suggests if he begins, or continues his relationship with Jane, he too would be considered a phony, which would change the whole story. The factor for Holden’s seclusion is how much the death of his bro Allie impacted him. Despite the fact that its been 3 years given that his death Holden still hasn’t recovered.

Holden exposes that on the night of his death he broke all the windows of the garage. Even then it’s apparent that Holden was deeply impacted by it which he seems like it was unreasonable for him to pass away so young. Although he doesn’t do things like that any longer he’s clearly still very troubled by it. He mainly simply weeps now. Throughout the book Holden tries to make buddies, while at the same time separating himself by calling everyone phony. He does not really want to link to them, they are phonies due to the fact that they’ve been exposed to the world, unlike Allie. He discusses numerous times that he likes children and speaking to kids, he does not believe kids are bogus, or even the nuns, perhaps due to the fact that they’re more pure, and at the age that Allie passed away well he never ever experienced anything from the adult world, or lost his innocence. He confesses that it troubles him that Allie passed away while everybody gets to keep living, growing and experiencing things. “That’s what almost drove me insane. All the visitors could get in their cars and turn on their radios and all and after that go someplace nice for dinner-everybody except for Allie.”

A reason that he can’t connect with anybody else is since he seems like it wasn’t reasonable that Allie died, particularly so young, and it bothers him that other people get to keep going. Holden likewise talks aloud to himself, however directed to Allie a lot. That’s the only individual he Links to in a sense. Like when he’s crossing fifth opportunity, he feels as if Allie is safeguarding him “Then all of the abrupt, something very spooky started occurring. Each time I came to the end of a block and stepped off the goddamn curb, I had this sensation that I ‘d never ever get to the other side of the street. I believed I ‘d simply go down, down, down, and no one ‘d see me again. … Then I began doing something else. Each time I ‘d get to completion of a block I ‘d pretend I was talking with my sibling Allie. I ‘d state to him “Allie, do not let me vanish. Allie, don’t let me vanish. Allie, do not let me vanish. Please, Allie.” And after that when I ‘d reach the other side of the street without vanishing, I ‘d thank him.” He also confessed that he ‘d often talk with him out loud when he felt depressed. Allie made him feel better.

Another factor that Holden can’t connect to others due to Allie’s death is that he is too busy in his own little world wanting to be the Catcher in the Rye to be able to think about anything else. That’s all he really wants to do. Save others (Children) because he could not save someone as unique and innocent as Allie. He states “I ‘d simply be the catcher in the rye and all. I understand it’s insane, but that’s the only thing I ‘d really like to be.” When Holden remained in the Hotel he confessed that whenever he felt depressed, he liked to talk aloud to Allie. He says “What I did, I began talking, sort of aloud, to Allie. I do that often when I get extremely depressed. I keep telling him to go home and get his bike and fulfill me in front of Bobby Fallon’s home.” He keeps thinking about the ONE time that he didn’t take Allie with him, he tells him to fulfill him there now because he feels bad about saying no to him. Allie suggested a lot to Holden.

A terrible incident such as the death of a loved one can cause an individual to divert others and separate themselves without even understanding it. Whatever always returns to Allie, Holden seems to wish to make buddies, but the way he believes now due to his death does not permit him, he appears to like kids only because like Allie, they aren’t “Phony”.