Catcher In The Rye Argument

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Option 3: Argument Life can either be taken way too seriously, or not at all. Some people choose to take life seriously by following all the rules that are enforced on us from birth until we get older, and others choose to take their own path and see where it takes them. The second behavior can be seen as treating life like a game. In Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Dr. Thurmer says that “life is a game that one plays according to the rules,” and Mr. Spencer mentions that idea to Holden while they talk. Although Holden does not think life is a game, his behavior and experiences show otherwise throughout the book.

Holden often treats life like a game by not taking it too seriously, even when he should. He gets kicked out of many schools
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We have to follow rules at school, in society, and we have laws on how to behave. If we follow those rules and stay focused on our goals, we succeed in life with little struggles. If we do not follow the rules and do whatever we want, we get into trouble and have a lot more obstacles to surpass. Like a game we also level up because we have stages in life that take us to the next stage. When we are kids, we are taught the basic things we need, like: how to eat, how to go to the bathroom, how to talk, how to walk, and how to play with others. As we get older, we are taught information that will prepare us for our future adult life. We go to school to learn about what we want to do career wise later on in life. Then, we use that information and apply it when we are actually working as adults.

Many aspects of life can be game-like, depending on which way you look at it. We have to follow the rules, like in a game, to get to the end. We face many obstacles, and even have people that can be our “opponents” that try to stop us from reaching our goals. We “level up” in life, and depending on how good we are at playing the game, that is how much we will enjoy it. Even if we do not think of life like a game, it still is. It does not matter how we play it because we will always get to the
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