protagonist and narrator of the novel, finds himself upset with
the society in which he lives. Throughout the novel he goes on a
journey to find himself. Holden is immature although he makes attempts
to act as if he is mature. Holden can not accept those who value
materialistic items and labels them "phonies." In all, Holden is
hypocritical and it is perhaps this trait that causes him to self-destruct.
Allie is Holden's younger brother whom Holden saw as a symbol of
innocence. Allie died of Leukemia. This was one of the most traumatic
events in Holden's life. One of Holden's most prized possessions
is Allie's baseball glove It should be noted that on the night of
Allie's death, Holden slept in the garage and broke all the windows
with his bare hands, resulting in him being hospitalized during
Phoebe is Holden's smart kid sister to whom Holden can relate. Holden
visits her while in Manhattan, and while with her he decides that
he would like to save children like her from becoming phonies. She
also later convinces Holden to return home.
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Holden's brother who used to be a serious writer, is now in Hollywood
where he is writing for television programs. Holden views his brother
as being a phony since he had "sold out" and given up his principles
in return for money.
She only appears briefly in the novel checking on Phoebe during
Holden's secret visit.
Robert was Holden's dorm mate at Pency. He is described as being
grotesque and odd looking. Although Holden disliked him, they tolerated
each other as both were isolated from the other students
Ward was Holden's roommate at Pency. Holden strongly disliked him
as he saw him as the quintessential phony, because Stradlater often
put up an act in order to keep his image as a "jock" and to impress
Jane is Holden's great love and "almost" girlfriend. Holden did
not view her as a phony, perhaps because he knew her when she was
younger. She appears to be one of the few people who understands
and cares for Holden, and was the only person with whom Holden discussed
Allie's death. She is a sensitive and innocent girl and Holden is
very upset when he finds out that she is dating Stradlater.
This is Holden's favorite teacher whilst at a former school, Elkton
Hills. He is the only adult with whom Holden could talk. He is now
an English instructor at New York University, but his behavior towards
Holden disturbs Holden greatly, as he perceives a homosexual undercurrent.
The wealthy, mysterious wife of Antolini, who suffers from asthma,
but is somewhat older than her partner.
Carl is a former acquaintance of Holden whom met at the Whooton
School. Being older, he had more sexual experience and used to entertain
the younger boys with sex stories and advice. Holden considers Luce
to be a deviant and effeminate, but claims to find him amusing.
Sally is one of Holden's girlfriends. She is a socialite and attends
a well established girls' school. Unlike Jane, Sally's main aim
is to be attractive and popular at which she succeeds. Initially
Holden is attracted to her beauty and charm, but her hypocrisy and
lack of feelings eventually repel him.
He is Holden's history teacher at Pency Prep school. Holden visited
him just before he left for Manhattan
He is the owner and piano player at the Wicker Bar. He was friendly
with Holden's older brother, D.B., and is a perfect example of a
She is a prostitute that Holden hires. While in his room, Holden
just talks to her, as he is uncomfortable with the idea of sexual
intercourse with her.
He is Sunny's pimp, who also runs the elevator at the hotel where
Holden was staying. He takes advantage of Holden's immaturity to
con him out of his money.