"If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it's a game"
"they don't have a maid"
"Where do the ducks go???"
"She likes her kings in the back row"
Holden Caulfield's speech demonstrates his age, and how he feels about everyone/everything. He is always calling people phony for how they act, and is always making extreme exaggerations. One instance where he displays this is when he claims, "If you want to know the truth I'm quite a heavy smoker..." (5) He also tends to speak sarcastically and tease others.
During Holden's cab ride in New York , he describes himself as "absent minded, I gave the driver my regular address... ". (78) Holden also mentions later on at the end of chapter 7 that he was "sort of crying". (68) This piece of evidence demonstrates his thoughts and mixed emotions about going home and leaving Pencey.
In chapter 5 Holden gives Insight on his brother, Allie's death, and his reaction. “I was only 13 and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage”. (50) Holden in this scene shows how sometimes his behavior can be an over-reaction, but his brother had died and it is understandable that he would react in such a negative way.
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Holden Caulfield is a 16 year old boy who describes himself as being very tall standing at 6 ft. 2 ½. He also explains that he is skinny and states “I was supposed to be on this diet where you eat a lot of starches and crap, to gain weight…” (11) Holden believes he looks older than he is, claiming that “one side of my head the right side is full of millions of gray hairs”. We can conclude that he has red hair with a little bit of gray due to him describing his little brother Allie and his sister Phoebe as having red hair. J.D. Salinger includes these details because it contrasts Holden as being old and mature, while also being innocent and childish.
Holden's actions in Catcher in the Rye display indirect characterization of who he is as a person. After breaking his hand from punching his garage windows, be cannot fully close his hand. This is demonstrated when he goes to throw a snowball at someone's car, but stops because he doesn't want anything to change. This represents his innocence and him wanting to hold onto the past.