Character of Catcher in the Rye

Character of Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield

Holden is the protagonist and the narrator of the novel. He is a 16-year-old junior who has been expelled from Pencey Prep for academic failure. Holden is very intelligent, and sensitive, but he narrated the novel in a cynical and jaded tone. He thinks everyone is phony, and believes that he looks much older than he his.


Ackley is Holden?s next-door neighbor in the dormitory at Pencey Prep. Ackley often barges into Holden?s room and doesn?t seem to take the hint to leave.


Stradlater is Holden?s roommate at Pencey Prep. He is a handsome, self-satisfied, and popular, but he is in Holden?s words, a ?secret slob?. He appears well groomed, but his razor and other toiletries are disgustingly filthy.

Jane Gallagher

Holden spent a lot of time with Jane one summer in Maine. Jane never actually appears in the book, but Holden talks about her all the time because she is one of the few girls Holden respects and finds attractive.

Phoebe Caulfield

Phoebe is Holden?s younger sister, whom he loves dearly. Although she is six years younger than Holden, she listens to what he says and understands him more than other people.

Allie Caulfield


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