In The Catcher in the Rye, what is Holden Caulfield's character?

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The Catcher in the Rye is considered J.D. Salinger's magnum opus, and on publication in 1951 caused a great deal of controversy over its language and themes.

Holden Caulfield, the protagonist , is 17 years old and in the grip of a passionate hatred for "phonies," or people who, in his view, act publicly in a way designed to win them approval from peers. Holden's beliefs are all predicated in his loathing of worldly things and topics, and he is arrogant, selfish, and immature. Throughout the book, he tries to connect with people, but his distrust of real motives and...

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