The Protagonist in J.D. Salinger’s "Catcher in the Rye" Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, is at best an unreliable narrator. Although Caulfield believes himself to be an honest voice in a world of “phonies” and a catcher for the children careening heedlessly through the rye toward the cliff of adulthood, Caulfield unwittingly presents the reader with a reliable image of himself as he narrates the novel. In truth, Caulfield is as blind about his own flaws as he claims to be insightful toward others. At the end of the novel, when the rain starts pouring down as Phoebe rides the carousel, Caulfield narrates one line that shows he is developing the insight of an adult and is beginning the inevitable trek...The end:
.....ts language, the obviously disturbed nature of the protagonist’s mind, and even the state of the nation all led to it being a banned book. For many, Caulfield’s behavior is even now outside the expectations of teenaged propriety and behavior. What is not acknowledged, however, is the growth that Caulfield manages during the novel. It is flawed growth and, like a carousel, he may go round and round before he comes to his eventual stop. However, this novel remains as relevant as insightful as it was when it was first written, giving adult society insight into the difficult efforts that come with adolescence and its complicated lessons. References Salinger, J. D. (1979). The catcher in the rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company-Back Bay Books.