How old would Holden Caulfield be now?
Holden would be in his late 80s
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The most noticeable of Holden's "peculiarities" is how extremely judgmental he is of almost everything and everybody. He criticizes and philosophizes about people who are boring, people who are insecure, and, above all, people who are "phony." Holden carries this penchant for passing judgment to suc…h an extreme that it often becomes extremely funny, such as when he speculates that people are so crass that someone will probably write "f*** you" on his tombstone. Holden applies the term "phony" not to people who are insincere but to those who are too conventional or too typical-for instance, teachers who "act like" teachers by assuming a different demeanor in class than they do in conversation or people who dress and act like the other members of their social class. While Holden uses the label "phony" to imply that such people are superficial, his use of the term actually indicates that his own perceptions of other people are superficial. In almost every case, he rejects more complex judgments in favor of simple categorical ones. -NERD! (MORE)
Holden Caulfield, the viewpoint character in "Catcher in the Rye," lived in New York City
Holden Caulfield is the name of the protagonist in the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.
Holden Caulfield in 'Catcher in the Rye' exhibited various physicalsymptoms. Holden, who was under a great deal of stress, had manysymptoms that signaled an oncoming nervous collapse, They includedextreme and persistent fatigue, a sore that refused to go away,recurring nausea and an intense headache…. (MORE)
In 'Catcher In The Rye,' Holden Caulfield exhibited several medicalsymptoms. First of all, he suffered from recurring nausea, that mayhave been brought on by a nearly constant, hard, throbbingheadache. He had a canker sore that had persisted for some time,and was plagued with constant fatigue. His b…ehavior indicated thatsome or all of these medical symptoms might have been attributableto a nervous breakdown. (MORE)
He never does, the whole point of the allusion is that he can never achieve it.
He is 17 years old It depends on when in the book you're asking about. Page 9: "I was sixteen then, and I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen." In the book when he's telling the story, he's 16. At current, when Holden is in the mental institute in California, …he is 17. (MORE)
He's a junior (11th grade). He's narrating the story one year after-the-fact, and on page 9 he says, "I was sixteen then, and I'm seventeen now..." (First paperback edition, Little, Brown & Company).
The ones I can remember are: Whooton School Pencey Prep Elkton Hills I think those are all, I'm not 100% sure. Internet sources say there are four. If you know them, please reply. RE: The internet sources are incorrect. I've read the book many times and they only provided 3 school names [listed abo…ve]. RE: The book also mentions that he went to the same elementary school as Phoebe, so the sources might have meant that. (MORE)
He lives in New York, but moves to different areas of New York. Even his school, Pency Academy, is in New York.
Given the context and time of the story, Holden would have been born about 1932.
His family lives in New York City but he has just recently attended prep school in Pennsylvania.
Yes, Holden Caulfield is insecure about himself and just wants tobe accepted by the people he comes across.
He is sixteen years old. He has a crew cut hairstyle, and half of his hair is grey. He is 6'2 and very skinny. He wears a red hunting hat. He's a suave, handsome guy.
Transient nausea, throbbing headache, a canker sore that won't go away, extreme fatigue and others. Some are caused by his less-than-great diet, but most are psychologically related to his impending nervous breakdown.
Well if the book was taking place in 1951 and he is 16, then he was born in 1935.
There's no exact answer for as to what type of depression he has. However, we can be sure that it's serious enough that he has to see a proffesional. If you read the first chapter, he keeps saying "before I had to come out here to relax." Basically, he's talking to a shrink the whole time. The autho…r has put the reader in the doctor's place. A few people have wanted to contact the author to ask what Holden's condition was, but he's a bit of an introvert. He keeps to himself, won't talk about his book, and doesn't give interviews. He wants us all to come up with our own opinions and ideas about his work. (MORE)
Holden Caulfield is a hypocrite because he spends practically the whole book ranting about people who are "phony" and who "just kill him" because of their behavior, but yet he himself does not live on completely who he is and instead lets himself be molded by his surroundings. He hides his insightfu…l opinions and indulges in behaviors such as drinking, smoking and whoring, though he claims that he does not think much of it. He flits back and forth from one feeling to another. For example, on his date his Sally Hayes, he goes from loving her to hating her in a matter of minutes. Though he claims his feelings were felt truly at the time, his inability to think logically about his actions and feelings shows that he still holds some immaturity and is terribly confused. (MORE)
A lawyer has to try and prove their client innocent whether they really are or not. Holden's father is a lawyer and Holdens feels that that is a "phony" way to make a living. Holden is worried that he will have the same "phony" life as his father.
When Holden says he wants to move west, he is not actually meaningthat he will move west. Metaphorically speaking, he wants to movewest were he can be mute and deaf, but it actually means that hewants to commit suicide. He doesnt commit suicide because when hesees that his little sister wants to go …with him west, he is afraidthat since he is depressed of Allie's death, that his little sisterwill kill herself after Holden kills himself. (MORE)
no! he lies to people and he always tells people what they want to hear. Holden lies lies lies.....ALL THE TIME. and he fails at school.
The Secret Goldfish (I think this is a made up book) and Out ofAfrica (a real book), a memoir, by Isak Dinesen
Holden Caulfield suffers from bipolar disorder therefore should get get attention in a rest home.
Likely not; Caulfield was a confused young man trying to find his bearings in the world, and would have harmed himself before he harmed another person. Lennon's killer was over twenty-one, had his own mind made up (though he was mentally ill), and used The Catcher in the Rye as an excuse for doing… what he did. (MORE)
His experiences serve to exemplify the divide between adults and teenagers who are constantly at odds, the transition from the innocence of childhood and the ugliness and hypocrisy of adulthood, and the identity crisis that teens face when they are unable to find their place in an adult society that… they feel no connection with. Also, we see in Holden a want to go back to his childhood and regain his childhood innocence because he has seen the "phoniness" of the adult world without having entered it, similar to some teenager's thoughts of the world. Also, his being in the sanitarium throughout his telling of the story symbolizes most teenager's feelings that no one understands them and everyone chalks up their acts to the "insanity of their age." (MORE)
In J. D Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye", protagonist HoldenCaulfield resides in the Ossenberger Memorial wing of his dormitoryat Pencey. The wing is named for a benefactor who was a formerPencey student. Holden mocks Ossenberger's dedication speech anddismisses him as a "phony".
Holden Caulfield isn't really an unintelligent character, but really more of a misunderstood character. While he struggles with grades and being transferred from school to school, that doesn't necessarily mean he's stupid, maybe just troubled. If you read the book and understand the way he speaks an…d thinks, you'll be able to realize that he's really smarter than other characters think he is. His intelligence is concealed and unapparent, and the way he communicates to the reader his thoughts shows that he is. He is a smart and, based on his own narration, complex character. (MORE)
He constantly lies about his age for many reasons: drinks, girls etc. Throughout the book, he contradicts himself. He says he hates phonies, when he is one himself. For example, at the beginning of the novel, he says that he is pretty healthy, but later recalls throwing up, getting drunk, running ou…t of breath and going home and getting sick. Hope that helps! (MORE)
yes, there are many examples in the book -not ready for prostitute -calls Sally when he's drunk etc.
he finally accepts life how it must be taken and lets life run its course no longer worrying to perserve it
Holden is in a hospital because he has tuberculosis, as it was stated in the first chapter. *Not correct. Holden just says he "practically" had t.b. He never is said to actually have t.b. The true nature of his illness was never disclosed and can only be inferred.
Holden does change at the end of the story. Holden finally goes home. He openly admits to missing everyone he spoke of in the story. He goes back to a school for education.
yes.at the end of the novel he tells the reader that he misses the people within the story he told.even the ones that he didnt like.
In the Catcher in the Rye, the thing that Holden hated the most were phonies. He also didnt like adults, pency prep and stradlater but the reason behind his hate all were linked to phonieness. like adults, he doesnt like them because they are phony and dillusional. he did not like mr.antolini after …the visit Holden made to his house. (MORE)
Holden wears his hat to the side so he is hiding himself from the world. He uses it as a shield to keep people away.
He is 6'2" and calls himself puny compared to other guys so perhaps around 150
Holden is 13 years old when Allie dies. Reference : The Catcher in the Rye - Page 38
holden caulfield told the audience (Us) what his life is and where he is going to go etc. He also explains everything about himself and the other people like Phoebe and Ackley and Stradlater etc.
He says that he is, however, he is always contradicting himself. A pacifist is someone who believes in peace and not fighting, yet he started a big fight with Stradlater.
I would not medicalize his existence. He is alienated, disillusioned, etc. He may define it as an illness (mental) only because that is all he knows. The U.S. is an extremely individualized society which lends itself to psychological explanations. If alienation was equivalent to mental illness, then… mental illness would be at epidemic levels. You need to step out of the personal problems mentality and see the source of the problem in the larger. We are all products of our society (ties) as we internalize the norms and values through socialization. This becomes part of the origin of our personalities. He does not feel that he "fits in". Is that an illness? Most everyone experiences this some time in their life. I was born and raised in the Middle Atlantic States (U.S.). If I had to spend some time living in rural Mississippi, I would not "fit in". Does that make me mentally ill? (MORE)
Throughout the book, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden shows signs of depression, so yes, he does have low self esteem.
Being robbed made Holden cry, when the elevator guy (Maurice, the pimp) and the prostitute (Sunny) took 5 dollars from his wallet and Maurice punches Holden in the stomach. (This happens in Chapter 14, on page 103, at the top of the page). Also, Phoebe giving Holden her money that she planned to …buy Christmas presents with ($2), because he told her he was broke, made Holden cry. (This happens in Chapter 23, on pages 178 to 179). (MORE)
He plays football with Stradlater, and he's on the swim team with Ackley. He also used to play baseball with his little dead brother Allie. He also manages the fencing team.
he calls them a phony because he thinks they sre fake, in their personality and who they are as a person. but isn't Holden a phony himself for always lying.
Very much so, but he seems largely oblivious (most of the time) to the fact that he is sometimes just as much of a phony as those he despises for it.
A tone of discontent. Now get off the internet and stop trying to get answers out of us. Phony.
Holden was 17 when narrating the book, but the events of the book happened when he was 16.
Holden connects a number of pleasant experiences in his life with Central Park, and is drawn to it once he is back in New York.
Holden names the following schools as ones he flunked out of: Elkton Hills, The Whooton School and Pency Prep. The first two are probably a combination of McBurney School, where Salinger was originally a student, and did indeed flunk out of. "Pency Prep" is a pseudonym for Valley Forge Military, whi…ch Salinger attended next, and graduated from (indeed, he was an excellent student at Valley Forge). (MORE)
Holden is not fond of city life. He repeatedly talks about working on his friend's grandpa's ranch in Colorado. He asks Sally Hayes to run away with him and live on a farm. He has no interest in money and when he offers to run away with Sally, he says he'll work on a gas station.