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The Catcher in the Rye | Study Guide

J. D. Salinger

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The Catcher in the Rye | Characters

Character Description
Holden Caulfield Holden is the novel's first-person narrator, a teen who must navigate, with little guidance, the transition from childhood to young adulthood. Read More
Phoebe Caulfield Phoebe is Holden's smart, sensitive younger sister. Read More
Allie Caulfield Holden's younger brother, Allie, died of leukemia at age 11. Read More
D.B. Caulfield D.B. is Holden's older brother, a successful writer of screenplays who lives in Hollywood. Read More
Mr. Antolini Mr. Antolini is Holden's former English teacher. Thoughtful and caring, he may be one of the actual "catchers" in the story. Read More
Sally Hayes Sally is a teenager Holden has dated in the past. She's a typical teen who enjoys movies, plays, and skating. Read More
Stradlater Ward Stradlater, Holden's roommate at Pencey, is a popular senior. Even Holden likes Stradlater, despite his self-centered treatment of others. Read More
Ackley Robert Ackley, Holden's suitemate at Pencey, is an irritating, badly groomed senior who has few friends.
Bernice Bernice is one of three female tourists (with Marty and Laverne) from Seattle visiting New York City in hopes of seeing movie stars. Holden dances with her in the Lavender Room and is impressed with her dancing.
Marty Marty is one of three female tourists (with Bernice and Laverne) from Seattle visiting in New York City. Holden dances with her in the Lavender Room.
Laverne Laverne is a female tourist from Seattle (with Bernice and Marty) visiting New York City. She dances with Holden in the Lavender Room.
James Castle James Castle is the Elkton Hills student who, bullied by Phil Stabile, jumps from the dorm window and dies, traumatizing Holden.
Mrs. Caulfield Readers catch glimpses of Holden's mother, who cares very much for Holden and Phoebe and is still grieving Allie's death.
Mr. Caulfield Seen only in Holden's thoughts, his father is a lawyer.
Jane Gallagher Jane Gallagher is Holden's former neighbor who dates Stradlater. Holden cherishes memories of time they spent together one summer. She is the only girl he respects because her behavior strikes him as genuine.
Horwitz Horwitz is a cab driver who has a theory about how the fish survive the frozen pond in Central Park during winter.
Luce Carl Luce was a student advisor at Elkton Hills who presented himself to the younger students as sexually experienced.
Maurice Maurice is the elevator attendant at the Edmont Hotel who procures a prostitute for Holden and then assaults him when Holden won't pay him more money.
Mrs. Morrow Mrs. Morrow is the mother of a Pencey student; Holden flirts with her on the train.
Mr. Spencer Mr. Spencer, Holden's history teacher at Pencey, tries to encourage Holden to do better in school but succeeds only in irritating Holden.
Lillian Simmons D.B.'s friend Lillian spots Holden at Ernie's. She's with her date, a navy officer whom Holden calls "Commander Blob."
Sunny Sunny is the prostitute who comes to Holden's room at the Edmont. She's tired and wants to get the "throw" over with and get paid.
First nun First of two nuns who speaks kindly to Holden. She teaches English.
Second nun Second of two nuns who speaks kindly to Holden. She teaches history and U.S. government.
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