Thursday, August 19, 2010
Supporting Characters in "The Catcher in the Rye": D. B.
D. B. was an important character in The Catcher in the Rye. Even though he never actually showed up in person throughout the course of the book, he was still very influential. D. B. was an author who had turned into a playwright. He had moved out to Hollywood before The Catcher in the Rye began, but Holden still kept D. B. very close to his heart. D. B. was an incredible author, and had written a book of short stories entitled The Secret Goldfish. It had become popular, and Holden loved it. D. B. never appeared physically in The Catcher in the Rye, but he still was constantly on Holden's mind. Holden had always wanted his brother's approval, and even though he had failed out of Pencey Prep, none of that had stopped. Holden often thought about how D. B. would think this was cool or think that was amazing. Holden really looked up to his older brother, and he wanted to please D. B. the most. He would rather have pleased D. B. out of his whole family than anyone else. He even would rather have pleased D. B. over Phoebe, who was also constantly on his mind, but since D. B. was his older brother, Holden looked up to D. B. more. Holden always wanted to see D. B., and he wondered what Hollywood was like. He enjoyed the jaguar that D. B. had bought for quite a bit of money. He found it fascinating how fast the car could go. D. B. had sort of become Holden's idol, and Holden often though about how famous and known and awesome D. B. had become. Holden basically thought that D. B. was as incredible as the stars in the sky, and nothing could change his mind. Many people can be idols in someone's life, but it goes to a whole new level when that person talks to one as if they were equals. While D. B. was never physically apparent in The Catcher in the Rye, he was as important, if not more important, than some characters that are more evident in the book.