Mr. Antolini

In Catcher in the Rye, a character that caught my attention was Mr. Antolini. In his first encounter with Holden, He was surprisingly kind and considerate with him. Even though he was in his free time he invited holden to his home to chat, showing that he cared for him and wanted to see what was up with him. In that period of time, in a way, he acts like the parent holden wished he had.

“Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now… You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”

He gives holden thoughtful advice and encourages him to feel important, not like his parents who always made him feel like a failure or a lost case. He shows kindness towards him and ultimately helps him get through all the trouble he endures through the story. I feel that he impacted me the most for this support that he gave him and showed few instances of kindness and true care for holden that the novel has.

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