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    EBohio Banned

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    Who is the antagonist in Catcher In The Rye?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by EBohio, Oct 24, 2018.

    I just found this forum and I hope this is an ok topic.

    I just thought it might be fun to those that like discussing these kind of things.
     
  2. Homer Potvin

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    Society.

    ETA: of course, Holden Caulfield's life goal seems to be to become the whiniest douche ever, and in that regard he succeeds superlatively, so maybe there is no antagonist.

    Mission accomplished, Holden.
     
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    All of society or just parts of it. Remember he especially hates "phonies".
     
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    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    The reader? Or does it just feel that way.
     
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    No one. Holden's central conflict is with himself.
     
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    EBohio Banned

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    Are you saying that because YOU don't like Holden? When the book came out especially and still now, a lot of young people identified with him. That's why they like the book. He was definitely the hero for the reader so the reader would not be the antagonist.
     
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    I can see why you say that since he is suffering from depression and depression is guilt turned inward, but that kid has a conflict with every adult (society) in the book.
     
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    Let's see who's been skipping lit class at school :D.
    Technically, Holden is his own antagonist since he is preventing himself from achieving his own goals. The phonies are not preventing him from anything. They just don't like each other. But it can also be viewed as man vs society book.
     
  9. IaOoBMOT-Mike

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    the "phonies", duh
     
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