They are part of the truth which Holden does not see and, as it turns out, is never able to see—that this is what one part of humanity is: the lies, the phoniness, the hypocrisy are the compromises which innocence is forced by the world to make. I believe that Holden Caulfield is an under credited hero.No one will ever see me again. He has everyone pegged. Salinger is about a year-old boy named Holden. However, not all heros are successful in their journeys, and end up as a tragic hero. Salinger's 'misfit heroes', unlike the rest of society, are caught in the struggle between a superficial world and a conscious morality" 1 Wildermuth. Verdict: Needs fleshing out. What's the difference between me and you? He asks a girl to elope with him and then calls her names. He has objects for his contempt but no objects other than his sister for his love. Fortunately, some insightful work has been done examining the psychological structure of this text and reevaluating the character of Holden Caulfield. Is he relevant to youth today? He also obtains title of Thane of Cawdor. He is very tall and skinny and grey hair.
Does it matter, if it has meant something to generations of readers? Still, there are those who feel that the novel accords no recognition to its hero and that it fails to enlist our sense of tragedy.
Yet both Bryan and Strauch omit the psychological crisis that most informs Holden's actions throughout the novel: his castration complex.
In reading both these novels, I am pulled towards the idea that the archetypes of the initiation into maturity, Holden and Charlie as outcasts, and the falls in which the two experience. This is half a century later.
This urge leads him into trouble and, more importantly, causes him to transform from a boy into a man, or better yet, a hero.
Holden is portrayed as a troubled teenager whose experiences have created a barrier between him and his peers.
Verdict: Our Great American Teenager.