BC: The End
FC: by Meredith Consono | Character Development of Holden Caulfield
1: From Child to Adult
2: An immature Holden gets kicked out of school for his lack of effort. He is uninterested in applying himself and only does what he wants to do. Goodbye Pencey
5: Holden sets out on his own and stays at a hotel in New York. During this time, Holden tries to act older than he is, but his immaturity gets the best of him.
7: "I'll pay you and all, but do you mind very much if we don't do it?" (96)
8: Holden becomes lonely and depressed, but begins to show his softer side.
9: Although he lacks honesty, courage, and strength, Holden shows compassion for his family, friends, and children all over.
10: Holden decides to visit his sister, Phoebe. During this visit, Holden discovers that he cannot save everyone from growing up and falling off of the cliff into adulthood. | "If a body catch a body comin' through the rye"
12: Holden matures throughout the novel
13: He realizes that there are some things in life that he cannot hide from
14: Holden ends up in a mental institution after having an emotional breakdown, but plans on attending a new school in the fall. He matures from a child to an adult, and discovers who he is as a person. There is no way to preserve innocence, and he has to take life as it comes.