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The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger

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What is Holden's state of mind in The Catcher in the Rye?

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I don't know that he has a specific state of mind that you can give a name to in this book.

I would say in general that he is aimless and confused, though.  I say this because he does not seem to have any specific goal as to what he is going to do.  He keeps changing his mind throughout the story.

As far as being confused, he seems unsure as to whether he likes or hates society.  He says he hates it and all the phonies, but he keeps going out, looking for people to hang out with.  So that is why I say he is confused.

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