The Catcher in the Rye

List 5 examples of Holden's negativity and cynicism.

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Holden's conception of what constitutes great literature is an interesting one: that a great book, when read, will cause the reader to wish that he could telephone the author and talk to him. This is further evidence of Holden's desire for warmth and human relationship. This theme of a lonely youth searching for friendship, for deep personal relationships with his fellow man is central to this .Holden is hypersensitive to anything tawdry, and we see that he is repelled by the contrasting shapes that tawdriness can take in the persons of Ackley and Stradlater. Yet, in spite of his being critical of people, his loneliness draws him to them, and he really seeks companionship with both boys. Unfortunately, however, he can find no common ground on which to meet either boy.


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