Catcher In The Rye Maturation Analysis

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Maturation is the journey from childhood to adulthood, where time represents everyone’s unavoidable passageway to adulthood. An awakening in life can help one become aware of the world around him. In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the author J.D. Salinger, traces the process of maturation through the protagonist Holden Caulfield. Firstly, Holden commits many wrong doings and hurts others through his actions. Secondly, he encounters pain and anguish and thirdly, he is healed. The three stages of Holden’s process of maturation are: sin, suffering, and redemption. The first stage of Holden’s process of maturation is sin. This is primarily seen when Holden insults the Bible. Holden gets in bed and feels like praying. Yet, he cannot pray because he is “sort of an atheist” (Salinger 99). Holden admires Jesus, but the Disciples annoy him (Salinger 99). Holden admires Jesus because of his leadership, yet dislikes the Disciples because they were followers. His parents disagree when it comes to religion, therefore none of his siblings attended church. Holden did not have a belief system when he…show more content…
The first stage is sin; Holden insults and critizes the Bible and takes pleasure in the suffering of others. The second stage is suffering; Holden alienates and isolates himself from the world and thinks about committing suicide. The third stage is redemption; Holden realizes that Phoebe is worth living for and accepts the world because he understands that he cannot change it. In the beginning, Holden is a naïve and innocent person in an adult world. Throughout the novel, he goes through many changes that change is perception of the world and the people around him. By the end, Holden has compassion and is matured. As one can see, maturity is an important process in a person’s life. Growing up is inevitable because life is full of eye-opening experiences and life lessons that helps one
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