Name a few characters from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and indicate their significance?

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tinicraw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are so many different people that Holden Caulfield either describes and mentions or comes into contact with during his weekend in New York City. With so many different people, it would be easier to organize them into categories, such as family, friends, and strangers. Family: Parents=authority figures to avoid; D.B.=older successful brother and good example; Allie=dead brother; Phoebe=little sister, best friend, and most trusted person in his life. Friends: Roommates, girlfriends, former teachers = those who care about him, but can't get closer to him than he'll permit. Strangers=the people he deems as "perverts and morons." With this group, he tends to socially extend himself a bit more for them than he does with friends and family. He even seems to show more charity, love and compassion for those he doesn't know and to be afraid of or disappointed by the people who know him. The few strangers for whom he didn't think the worst were the Nuns at breakfast and Mrs. Morrow from the train. With these women, he was polite, nice and charitable.

aryanna271 | Student

holden Canfield is the main protagonist of the story. He is a best example of teenagers nowadays. Curiosity is never absent as we enter the adult world which means being  rebellious, lazy and  seeking for pleasure is never absent. he is the best example of a rebellious teenager that's seeks for love  and guidance by sol people around him.       Jane Gallagher- she is the girl whom , Holden dated. He admires her Very much.  She is Holden' s inspiration. Thatsw by he always strives to do his best.                                                                                 Salinger - Holden's moron and pervert roommate. He is considered as a cool an. PopUlar guy that Jane once dated. When Holden find out that he is dating with Jane he become very curious if Salinger put his hands to her.

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