Character Analysis Of Catcher In The Rye By J. D. Salinger

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Holden Caulfield, a very interesting teenager is not very mature for a sixteen year old boy. Throughout the story, he matured very much. Even though he has matured, he is not ready to go into the real world. After reading the story The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, it is easy to perceive that the sixteen year old, Holden Caulfield, should not be released from the rest home because of the symbols he shows, the actions he performs, and the consequences of letting an immature adolescent unsupervised into the real world.
The story about Holden Caulfield is revealed through a lot of symbols. The main symbol that Salinger used was his reference to the pond. In the story, Holden worries where the ducks go during the winter. He asks the cab driver, "You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?"(67) In the story,
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“I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy." Through Holden’s life, he always wanted to be the one saving the kids in the rye. He just is not quite there yet. In the beginning of the story, Holden was not saving the kids in the rye, he was one of the kids in the rye. He was just another immature child running through the rye and did not know what life had in store for him. Every once in awhile, when Holden was going through something tough, he would stumble down the cliff a little bit. Although, he kept working his way back up. When he got up after a stumble, he could just barely see over the rye. At this moment right now, he still cannot see over the rye let alone being the catcher in the rye. He can be left out of the rest home when he can see over the rye and can see what life has in store for