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? ? ? ?  In the novel ???Catcher in the Rye??? by J.D. Salinger Holden??™s lifelong goal of being the catcher in the rye is a reasonable goal for him because he wants to protect all the children from a world which is full of ???phonies???. Becoming the catcher in the rye will help him prevent kids from going down the wrong path and also help kids grow up in a safe and friendly environment. The Catcher in the Ryes job is to save children that fall off the cliff in the literal sense but metaphorically speaking he just wants to protect the innocent minds of the children and ???catch??? them from falling off the cliff and guard them from the world which is ???phony???.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  One of the factors that often prevent Holden from achieving his goals is his anger and violent temper issues. After an unusual conversation with his big and strong roommate Stradlater he attacks him and tries to make his toothbrush go through his throat just because stradlater says he gives Jane the time and than ends up getting beat up. He gets angry and then violent for no reason whatsoever, he cannot control his actions once he gets angry even though he thinks he is protecting Jane. He cannot achieve his goal if he is going to be angry or violent just the slightest bit.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  Holden being?  kicked out of school for failing four of five classes is not an optimistic start to being the Catcher in the Rye because he will get nowhere in life without finishing his education. He then leaves the school early because he is lonely and is trying to avoid all the phonies that are in his school. The funny thing is he becomes a phony because he meets Ernie??™s mother in the train and tells her his name is Rudolph Schmidt and then tells a whole bunch of stories about her son. He says that he despises phonies but at the same time says that he is a compulsive liar which is practically the same exact thing so he??™s acting like a hypocrite. How can he protect children from the world of phonies and fakes if he himself is acting like what he is trying to protect
? ? ? ? ? ?  ? ? ? ? ? Holden has a very brief attention span; he cannot concentrate for a certain period of time without thinking of some other random nonsense. For example when his history teacher was giving him a serious talk about his schoolwork and future ,Holden stares off into space and wonders where ducks in a frozen pond would go once winter comes. He needs to try to focus more on one thing that he??™s trying to achieve and not fool around and think about random junk that will get him nowhere in life. He gets so obsessed with knowing where the ducks go in the winter that he actually asks almost everyone he meets about them like his taxi driver.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  One of Holden??™s biggest problems is that he is always alone and gets lonely very easily and asks everyone he meets to have a drink with him. When he goes back to New York he calls up an old peer of his named Luce from his old school that use to give him sex talks to go have a drink with him and it becomes into a very interesting and awkward conversation. Holden is just lonely all the time and needs to make some new friends that have some things in common with him. He needs some friends to hang out with so then maybe he will stop worrying about all of the world??™s problems and enjoy being a kid. Then maybe from learning how to be a kid he can have an advantage in being the Catcher in the Rye and protecting the children from the worlds ???Phonies???.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  Holden is only really comfortable talking to his siblings who are JD his older brother and Phoebe his younger sister. His younger brother Allie passed away from leukemia and all he talks about is the baseball mitt that he used to have and feel comfortable. On his journey towards being the Catcher in the Rye his first priority is his sister Phoebe which he speaks so highly of. He is always willing to doing anything for his sister and protecting her from fakes because she is so innocent.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  Holden??™s Hunting hat is a recurring motif throughout the whole book that symbolizes how he uses it for many different purposes. He buys it for during his trip to a fencing tournament which he and his team could not attend because Holden loses all the fencing equipment when he is suppose to be the team captain.?  After his fight with Stradlater he is all bloody and cut up, he then puts on his hunting hat which he thinks hides him from everyone and protects him from other people. He wears the hat backwards sometimes because he likes how it ???feels??? or it makes him feel unique.
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  Holden does not really have a primary motivation in life, he never plans or even thinks about his future he is always just concerned about the present. If he was to have a goal it would be to be the Catcher in the Rye and undoubtingly it would take him a lot of hard work and dedication to reach that point in his life. He is always having mood swings and moping around?  being depressed and tired of living life. He needs to find a solution to his problem by searching for and making new companions or he will never achieve his goal of becoming The Catcher in the Rye.

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