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Holden Caulfield

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1: Throughout | The Catcher in the Rye, | JD Salinger develops Holden's character through Holden's opinions and descriptions of the other people he interacts with.

2: " hate" (7) | "nosy bastard" (33) | "nasty" (19) | "slob" (27) | "too conceited" (24) | "dirty stupid sonuvabitch of a moron" (44) | "crumy" (44) | "sore" (82) | "phony" | "bastard" (28) | "jerks" (83) | "pain in the ass" (149) | "corny" (69)

3: Holden is obviously a very depressed, disturbed person. He is extremely judgmental of everyone, and never says anything positive about anyone he encounters. He constantly makes negative comments about everyone and everything.

4: "... doubtless the biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey, in the whole crumby history of the school. He was always going down the corridor after he'd had a shower, snapping his soggy old wet towel at people's asses. That's exactly the kind of a guy he was" (54). | Ernest Morrows:

5: Holden often judges people very rashly -- without getting to know them first. For example, with Ernest, Holden formed his opinion of Ernest just on this one action. He tends to make rash judgments of many of the people he encounters, including the men in the bar as "jerks," many people as "phonies," and all the guys in his dorm at Penecy as "morons."

6: "I wondered if maybe he just liked to pat guys on the head when they're asleep ... even if he was a flit he certainly'd been very nice to me" (195). | Mr. Antolini:

7: This quote showed great growth within Holden. He realized that he might have been quick to judge Mr. Antolini since Mr. Antolini has always been nice to Holden. He also realized that it may not be fair to judge Mr. Antolini on this one action, which shows tremendous growth in Holden's character.

8: " About all I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told about. Even old Stradlater and Ackley for instance. I think I even miss that goddam Maurice. It's funny. Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody" (214).

9: Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company,1991. Print. | http://gentleeye.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/interruption/

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