How do Sally and Holden contrast to one another in Catcher in the Rye?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Fundamentally, part of the reason why Holden and Sally don't connect is that they view consciousness entirely differently.  Holden is trapped between seeking out a vision of reality that is more along the lines of his own hopes and dreams or outright disdain for the setting in which he is immersed.  This complexity is not Sally's perception of being in the world.  She is quite content with operating inside the parameters of what is in front of her.  She does not have any problems thinking about a traditional future, operating within the boundaries of what is expected of her.  Her definition of success is a commonly shared one, and is completely divergent from Holden, who might not have the most cogent vision of success.  In this light, Sally and Holden possess strict points of contrast to one another.