How Holden matured People go through rough stuff in their lives, such as losing a close sibling. It seems impossible to pull yourself out of the pain and guilt of your loss. It appeared Holden was in the same predicament, but through his experiences in the novel The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger he learns to grow up. Aside from being very immature, holden refuses to grow up and dislikes people who have grown up.
Alienation In The Catcher In The Rye In J.D Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye, loneliness is the main topic of the book. The main character Holden Caulfield is an outsider from the beginning, which makes it easier for him to feel lonely. In the book he talks about the things leading up to him getting expelled from Pencey Prep, a private school, and the events that occur after. Holden Caulfield desperately wants human companionship but since he isn’t mature enough and he dislikes human interaction, he ends up being alone.
The Catcher in the Rye revolutionizes character development. , The Catcher in the Rye, a short novel by author J.D. Salinger, details the life and inner monologue of protagonist Holden Caulfield. We only see Holden in a few physical settings, but the depth of his mind is immense. Holden has an unfathomable distaste for the world around him, and hides his true feelings behind a persona.
The most critical transition in a person’s life is during childhood to adulthood, and this period also become one of the most mentally taxing part of one’s life. It is through The Catcher in the Rye, that J. D. Salinger uses this coming-of-age story to tell his audience about Holden Caulfield and his very own transformation. Holden, however, initially desires to remain as a child and keep his innocence; this wish goes to the point that he wishes to become the catcher in the rye and “catch” children from falling off the cliff of adulthood. However, the truth behind Holden wanting to become the catcher is not to protect the people he love, but to save himself from adulthood, soothe his ever-aching guilt, and ultimately, to avoid his past.
Teenagers are so damaged and emotionally broken that at least twenty percent of teenagers suffer from depression before they become adults. That only could explain Holden’s need to self protect and not trust people. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger shows the theme of alienation for the purpose of self-protection . The main character Holden Caulfield uses his red hunting hat when he is looking for protection, refers to the museum when he wants everything to stay the same and Allie’s baseball mit when he wants to have comfort. Holden’s red hunting hat is used as a symbol a surplus amount of times.
Holden is conflicted with maturity is by demonstrating immaturity and maturity at times in the same setting. Once Holden returned to his dorm when Ackley was around, Holden was acting blind when he pulled his hat down to cover his eyes (25). Holden returned to his dorm and read a book called Out of Africa (22-23). When he was acting blind, it demonstrated immaturity because he wasn’t blind. The reason he couldn’t see was he had his hat covering his eyes.
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
Salinger communicates the message in The Catcher in the Rye that transition from childhood to adulthood is long and difficult. It is not a process that occurs overnight and many obstacles have to be overcome. The main character, Holden, refuses to grow up and does everything he can to remain in a world of innocence, away from the phony and cruel real world. Growing up means facing challenges and dealing with problems, not avoiding them, as Holden so often tries to do. He never wants anything around him to change and just wants his childhood to last forever, which is why he likes the Museum of Natural History.
As people grow up, sometimes they lose their innocence and become affected by the change that adulthood brings. There is a point in time between the stages of childhood and adulthood where a child loses his or hers innocence. In JD Salinger's’ Catcher in the Rye, a troubled teenager named Holden Caulfield struggles with the fact that everyone has to grow up. The book gets its title from Holden’s constant concern with the loss of innocence. He does not want children to grow up because he believes adults are corrupt.