What are three ways Holden changes as a character in The Catcher in the Rye?  

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Holden Caulfield is depicted as a neurotic, naive adolescent who is critical of others and desperately fears becoming an adult. While there are many aspects of Holden's personality and perspective that remain the same throughout the entire novel, there are also several elements of Holden's character that reveal a certain amount of growth and maturity. For the majority of the story, for instance, Holden is determined to run away and live on his own in the wilderness, where he plans to avoid all "phonies." He even asks Sally Hayes to move with him out of the city and initially tells Phoebe that is going to run away. However, Holden changes his mind and realizes that running away will not solve his problems. Holden's decision to stay home and confront his issues depicts his maturation.

Holden also changes his opinion on adulthood and protecting childhood innocence. Initially, Holden desires to become a catcher in the rye and prevent children from falling off a cliff, which symbolically...

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