Describe a character in fiction, an historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence. .
Of the many fictional characters that I have met and experienced throughout my life, one who has had an influence on me would be Holden Caulfield from J.D. Salingerâ€™s classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Having read the book twice, once in eighth grade and once my junior year of high school, I feel that I have a true understanding of Holden and that, in turn, he has influenced me. His story and individualistic outlook on life has, in a way, influenced the way that I live my life and go about dealing with events and issues that I face.
When I first read The Catcher in the Rye, I honestly did not understand or see the point of the book. I was in eighth grade and read the book at leisure, mostly at my fatherâ€™s urging. He told me that it was one of his favorite books that was truly a masterpiece in writing a realistic story about a unique individual. I was probably too young to be reading it, as I was unable to comprehend Holdenâ€™s complex thoughts and opinions. However, this proved to be an invaluable experience for me when I was required to read it during my junior year as part of my Honors English curriculum. Reading the book for a second time, I was able to pick up on and better understand Holdenâ€™s complex feelings and opinions. As I read through the novel, I began to figure out that he leads a troubled life, as he is seemingly always angry and extremely judgmental of the people he meets. While I cannot claim to have had to endure any of the sad events that Holden had to cope with (the death of a sibling, getting kicked out of schools, etc.), I feel that his decisions and lifestyle help me in how I choose to go about tackling issues in my life.
A common issue facing everyday people like myself is giving a positive first impression.