Salinger himself related so closely to Holden that he was protective of the character. Near the beginning as well as the end of the novel, he feels that he will disappear or fall into an abyss when he steps off a curb to cross a street. (Never mind that even museum displays change.) Holden's fears and desires are understandable, but his solution (avoiding reality) is impossible. The Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield's nervous breakdown is largely due to the death of his younger brother. He continually fails classes, yet is thought of as a 'hot shot' by his English teacher, with an obvious flair for writing. The story was reportedly sold to a magazine, only to be taken back by Salinger before publication. In other works edit, the character, as Holden Morrisey Caulfield, appears in Salinger's " Slight Rebellion off Madison published in the December 21, 1946, water Pollution in the Context of the Physical Sciences issue of The New Yorker. Caulfield family in other works edit "Last Day of the Last Furlough" relates the final day of Babe Gladwaller before he leaves to fight in World War.
"Holden Caulfield, It's Time We Let Go Atlantic Wire, October 16, 2012. The schools are filled with lies and cruelty, ranging in degree from the relatively harmless Pencey school motto Since 1888 we have been molding boys into splendid, clear-thinking young men. The story is notable for the appearance of Phoebe and Vincent's statements about a child crawling off a cliff. His general health is poor. Accessed 15 February 2013 Archived 17 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Society and his own body are telling him that it is time for him to change. In the novel) arrives. Boston: Back Bay books. Thoughts of Allie lying in his grave in the cemetery in the rain, surrounded by dead bodies and tombstones, haunt Holden.
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