Holden Caulfield is the narrator of the story. He is a 16-year-old boy from a wealthy family. From the first sight, he is just not thankful and stubborn, and nothing is interesting for him. He damns school and his classmates. Holden is expelled several times, and in general, he behaves like a rebellious teenager.

In the book, Holden Caulfield symbolizes the absurdity of the American style of life. He is not just an impolite and lazy schoolboy; the protagonist is a rebel-moralist who is an intermediate link between outcasts of American Romanticism with its rejection of the social morality of the XIX century.