Holden Caulfield

From the book, Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is one of the main characters that have played an important role through out history. J.D. Salinger wrote this book in 1951 and ever since it was first printed it has been considered to be a controversial book. While this book is read through out the nation at many school’s it is also still banned from many academic institutions as well, mainly because of its perceived gratuitous use of certain language and what some might consider inappropriate situations. As far as Holden Caulfield goes through the plot of the book the audience is brought to understand a couple of core elements of his character. Holden is particularly disenchanted with society and the behaviors of others, he exhibits a lot of his own undesired traits, and the world is not at all what he had hoped it would be. These are important elements of his life that the reader will take away from the book.

Holden Caufield is a young, school age boy who is less than pleased with the world as a whole. He is constantly picking out the flaws of others and exclaiming his disinterest in engaging with them. This book coined the term “phony” in reference to the behaviors of others. While Holden hates when other people are not genuine and put up a “front,” he ends up showing a lot of the characteristics of the people that he dislikes for the same reasons. It is quite the conundrum when it comes to the legitimacy of his disdain; however, it is also what makes the book so relatable to youths at a confusing time in their lives. The character of Holden Caulfield proves to shed a significant amount of light on subjects that are of importance to school age children, and has been considered an important piece of literature to many.

Although the book has been banned in many academic institutions, it is also considered one of the most influential books from the 1950’s. While Holden’s character is quite abrasive and cynical at times, he is also a very relatable character to a great number of high school aged children. He provides a relatable character to help to get them to consider larger scheme elements of life. His character is important because he helps to start controversial conversations about a variety of topics that are relevant to the text. This book is widely used to help perpetuate writing and reasoning skills as well as comprehension.