The Catcher in the Rye

“The Catcher in the Rye is a sad comment on the morals of youth; Holden is callous towards those who care for him, irresponsible and immoral.” Discuss.


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This question is rather complex for this short answer space. I don't think this has to do with Holden's morals rather than it does with his psychological state. Morality is simply a coping mechanism that Holden uses to shield himself from making connections with the world. Holden is a depressed young man who chooses isolation over social integration.