The Catcher in the Rye Characters Analysis

Holden Caulfield: Protagonist and narrator, age 16 (during events being related from previous December).  

Phoebe Caulfield: Holden’s sister, age 10, Holden’s best friend and confidante.  

Allie Caulfield: Holden’s younger brother, who died three years prior. Holden sometimes speaks to him.  

D.B. Caulfield: Holden’s older brother, a writer living in Hollywood, California.

Charlene: The Caulfield’s maid.

Mr. Antolini: Holden’s former, and favorite, teacher from a previous school Holden had attended, who later disgusts Holden.

Mrs. Antolini: Older, wealthy spouse of Mr. Antolini

Mr. Spencer: History teacher at Pencey Preparatory School.

Mrs. Spencer: Wife of Mr. Spencer.

Mr. Vinson: Speech teacher at Pencey Preparatory School.

Sally Hayes: Holden’s date. Pretty, but vapid and shallow.  

Ward Stradlater: Holden’s roommate at Pencey Preparatory School.  

Jane Gallagher: Friend of Holden’s, Ward Stradlater’s date. In Holden’s mind, she is an example of purity and innocence, likely to be easily victimized.  

Robert Ackley: Dormitory neighbor to Holden at Pencey Preparatory School.

Mr. Ossenburger: A wealthy alumnus of Pencey Preparatory School. Made his fortune in the mortician business.  

James Castle: Former schoolmate of Holden, who committed suicide due to bullying.  

Mrs. Morrow: The mother of an unliked classmate of Holden’s

Maurice: Sunny’s pimp, also working as an elevator operator in the hotel Holden is staying at.

Bernice/ Marty/ LaVerne: Three tourists from Seattle, women in their early 30’s

Sunny: A teenage prostitute at Holden’s hotel. In spite of her profession, Holden is unable to defile her with the act of sex.   

Ernie: A pianist who owns a nightclub in Greenwich Village. Holden sees him as once being a great artist, but now a shallow showman.

Lillian Simmons: A woman on a date at Ernie’s nightclub, who asks Holden to sit with them.  

Horwitz: A cab driver with an interesting knowledge of fish and birds.  

Faith Cavendish: A girl who rejects Holden’s request for a date

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