Examples Of Rebellion In Catcher In The Rye

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Rebellion is the Key
In today’s world, rebellion is viewed as a negative action, but it’s a part of human nature as well as a crucial part of growing up for teenagers. It is especially important for the main character Holden in J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Holden not only gains new experiences from his rebellions, but it is what allows Holden to truly accept the adult society. Holden’s constant rebellious nature from his school to his red hunting hat are a result of him attempting to stand out in society. This is because Holden views society and the people in it as phonies. Whether it’s people selling out for money like his brother D.B. or people just being phony. Afraid, Holden is convinced that he himself will become phony if conforms to the status quo, so he tries to remain innocent while also protecting the innocence of children
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Holden’s rebellious nature is a result of his desperate attempt to stay out of a phony adult society, but it ends up being a crucial factor in his coming of age process.
Wearing his red hunting hat Holden attempts to stand out in the adult world, but it is also crucial being protecting him when he is vulnerable. Holden purchased the hat in New York “just after [he] noticed [he] lost all the goddam foils” (24), which shows that he was feeling vulnerable at the time. When he saw the “red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks” through “the window of [a] sports store” (24), he viewed it as a buffer from the outside world. This can be seen by the way he wears, as he knows it is “very corny”, but didn’t care because he “liked it that way” (24). Accordingly, he cares more about the hat than his appearance; moreover, proving the importance of the hat. The hat resembles a
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