The reader is clearly able to identify how Holden has grown up and what his future is going to be like for him. Of course Holden still occasionally speaks and acts like a child in the final few pages of the book. Even though he still has some child-like behaviors, readers are able to overlook that fact and see how Holden is growing up and maturing. His experience at the carousel proves to everyone that he is able to abandon his past and childhood and move forward. Also, Holden will hopefully be able to overcome his depression and get past traumatic experiences like Allie’s death.
Throughout life every individual undergoes a rite of passage known as the coming of age. During this experience multiple changes occur, such as, the mental and physical progression from a child into an adult. The coming-of-age process is reflected in J.D. Salinger’s literary realism novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield struggles to come to terms with the loss of childhood innocence; however, Holden experiences self-reflection and understands he cannot change everything. Holden possesses a strong inability to accept the loss of childhood innocence.
In the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield starts off as a very complex character who is very anti-social and has not experienced the real world, however throughout the story within three days he encountered many different things which help him lose his childhood innocence and successfully transition to real-world maturity. Holden does things out of his comfort zone and takes risks which is normal for someone who is his age to mature as he grows older. Because Holden becomes more involved with his sex life, communicates more with others, and shows signs that he wants to go back to school he, Holden is successfully making a transition from his innocent self to real world adult maturity. As a sign of growing up, Holden begins to do more adult-like things like having sexual thoughts and actually having sex instead of being sexually insecure as he was in the past. While Holden is on a train, his friends mother sits next to him and as they are talking he says to himself, “She had quite a lot of sex appeal, too, if you really want to know” (63).
Skloot might not know the details of Henrietta’s final moments. These choices affect the chapter by only focusing on the important parts of Henrietta’s death. The boys wanting to donate blood and Henrietta wanting her children taken care of. It causes the reader to remember Henrietta as a nice woman who cared for many and had many care about her too; instead of a woman who died with such pain and
Maybe we should go into hibernation…” (Yousafzai, pg.118). Her proud, fearless father was shaken in a way that Malala had never seen before. Any father would act this way, he didn’t want anything to happen to his daughter. Malala, as brave as she is, remained calm in the presence of death and let her father know “No one can stop death.
When they went to church Happy Hank taught about how God can change your life, and that made John and Lois tell mama and papa what they did. Meanwhile Marvin’s father had died and he had to go with his Aunt Dorothy to live in Minneapolis, but in the time aunt Dorothy was on her way Marvin was accepted by John’s family, and he loved them. When aunt Dorothy finally came, Marvin did not want to go which left aunt Dorothy shocked at how the Johnson’s treated him. She then decided not to take Marvin away for she though it would be better for both families if he stayed.
Australian-Canadian horror film The Babadook shows the impacts and overall results that pent up grief can have on your life. Widowed mother Amelia is left with her son Sam after her husband, Oskar, died in a car accident. Sam begins to have fits and the intense need to protect those around him from imaginary monsters. After reading a mysterious book found on the shelf, it would seem that not all the monsters Sam is imagining aren’t so imaginary after all.
Adulthood is when we mature into a person that continues to live life in reality as we let our childhood and adolescence become a faint memory. The memories, however, taught us lessons of acceptance as we cannot always shape the future. Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye takes a journey through the rite of passage by experiencing the innocence of youth and the phoniness of adulthood.
As Susie finally fulfills her desire to stop Mr. Harvey from being able to hurt anyone else by influencing his death (comically with an icicle), she is able to not only protect other young girls, but also stands as a warning for what can happen if you place your trust too readily in others. Mr. Harvey’s purpose as Susie’s foil was to act as a maturing agent for Susie, allowing her to finally pass on to heaven while continuing to protect those living in using her death as a
In The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Salinger established Holden Caulfield’s introverted character through his background and experiences. As a sixteen year old student, Holden had to encounter many life and death obstacles. He becomes traumatized from witnessing the deaths of people close to him. Holden’s experiences with death changed his perspective of the world. For example, Allie’s death allowed him to realize the weaknesses that death has upon everybody, old or young.
The transition between childhood innocence and adulthood exists as a complex path, which often uncovers questions that cannot be answered. J.D. Salinger explores Holden’s transition into adult life and how he copes with modern society’s cruel and unforgiving face. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s traumatic experiences directly explains his immaturity and unhealthy obsession over the preservation of the fragile childhood state; although some instances highlighting Holden’s maturity may suggest otherwise, flashes of these instances do not outweigh his immature ideology and opinions. Holden’s dysfunctional family life stemming from the death of his brother Allie and his inferiority complex clearly explains Holden’s unhealthy obsession
The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger in 1951, is the story of an angst-ridden sixteen year old Holden Caulfield as he learns to deal with growing up. The story follows Holden through his three day experience through New York as he learns about the truth about innocence, sex, and mortality, making The Catcher in the Rye one of America’s most notable coming-of-age stories. One of the largest influences on Holden’s life was his younger brother Allie who died from leukemia at age eleven when Holden was thirteen. The death of Holden’s brother had a profound effect on Holden emotional state, which eventually caused his complete mental breakdown by the end of the novel.
Rick Riordan once said, “It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.” The difficulties of life mostly revolve around the battle of what people want to believe versus what is actually there. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club, Holden Caulfield and Waverly Jong become puppets of their own illusions and fall to their realities which creates new internal struggles.
Elizabeth Ross, a Swiss-American author wrote, “The most beautiful we've known are those who have known defeat, struggles, loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” In order to survive in the world we must realize that growing up comes with having to face your fears. The protagonists in John Knowles, Elie Wiesel, and J.D. Salinger books either fear losing their identity to cruelty, change, or their best friend. These fears tend to be the evil that the characters live with and shape their lives. What they do not get is that every adolescent endures evil; how they handle this will cause them to mature.