He wants the world to stand still so that he does not have to put up with some of the dangers that it presents.
He does not want to have to make decisions on the fly and he certainly does not want people to hurt his self-esteem or his feelings by responding to some of his concerns.
In this way, it can be said that these two works represent relationships as a great equalizer.
It does not matter how weak or how strong a person is.
It does not matter if a person is ready to take on the world or if they would rather live in isolation or fear.
For each of these people, there exists the basic human need for interaction.
Understanding this character at large is essentially important if one is to completely understand his world view.
Holden is a character that does not like the changing world around him.
It is the basic human need that makes people reach out for other people in order to receive as well as give friendship.
It is easy to see in The Catcher in the Rye that Holden has absolutely no idea what makes a good relationship.