What Are Some Characteristics of Holden Caulfield?

Holden Caulfield is portrayed as a depressed, bigoted, rebellious, resentful, preceptive, judgmental, confused and angry young man in “The Catcher in the Rye.” As a 17-year-old, Holden is learning about himself and the ways of the world, and readers see his development through his point of view.

“The Catcher in the Rye” is the story of a 17-year-old boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden’s parents have sent him to a boarding school where he feels isolated and even alienated, and he bitterly rebels against the good-boy image his school likes to project for its students. He is out of shape and unhealthy, and he has developed a smoking habit in addition to having recently gone through a dramatic growth spurt, leaving him lanky and much taller than he used to be. Holden frequently refers to people or things as “phony,” showing his judgmental and flippant approach to life.