Essay: Story of the Catcher
If there is one person that Holden despises then it is Ackley. He has a terrible dental hygiene and Holden does not like his company. Holden evens doubts his next-door neighbor’s sexual prowess that he keeps on telling him about. Holden thinks that there is no woman who can stand Ackley. Though he refers to Stradlater as a “secret slob,” he knows that he is self satisfied and handsome. Despite the fact that he is ever well groomed some of his toiletries are very dirty. (Salinger 27) He also refers to him as a sex bastard because of his sexual experience despite the fact that he is a prep school student.
Holden has a very close relationship with her ten-year-old sister who listens and understands him most in spite of their six-year difference. He loves his sister dearly and tells her all his secrets for she is caring. The innocence portrayed by Phoebe is a great source of Holden’s happiness. Sometimes she acts as though she is older than Holden for she questions his maturity sometimes. She understands that Holden is his own worst enemy, so he must change if he wants to prosper in life.
Holden tries to exonerate himself from the troubles he is facing and argue that the world is victimizing him just as when he tells Mr. Spencer “he feels trapped on the other side of life,” thus he does not belong to this world. He alienates himself from the others something that causes him lots of pain. (Salinger 8) He wears his hunting hat to differentiate himself from the others so that he might not interact with them. He does not address his concerns and seems not to care about the cause of his problems. Although Holden pretends to be mature, he behaves as if he is afraid of maturity. He hates complex issues and prefers very easy to understand situations. He thinks that he is not a coward but when it comes to sexual matters he clearly show his fears.
Holden is a very lonely person as is shown by his numerous phone calls as he tries to find company although most of these people he calls add him more pain. He seems to find solace only in the hands of his sister who is very close to. He has a string of girlfriends but none of them seems to understand him. The only woman he cherishes in his heart is Jane.