The teenage years are filled with change in every aspect of one’s life. In just a span of seven years, teenagers must reach maturation, despite many twists and turns, to transition into adult society somewhat smoothly. As children enter this turbulent chapter of their lives, the adult world may seem frightening and the light at the end of the tunnel may appear to be a great distance away. In this intense process of maturation, teens must discover themselves to find their place in the world, and for some it may prove to be quite a struggle. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the main character, Holden Caulfield, finds his struggle to uncover his true identity especially difficult and frightening. At the exposition of the novel, he has failed out of his fourth …show more content…
He may criticize others for the way they act, yet turn around and hypocritically act that way himself without realizing it. For example, Holden criticizes adults for being “phony” many times in the novel, that is, concealing their true nature behind a mask of the image they want others to see. However, on his train ride to New York, the lady who sits next to him happens to be the mother of the “biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey,” and after they talk about her son, she asks for his name. Instead of giving his real name, he says “Rudolf Schmidt,” the name of his dorm’s janitor, because he “didn't feel like giving her [his] whole life history” (Salinger 71). Clearly, Holden himself is being untruthful towards this woman, contradicting his own hatred of adult “phoniness.” According to Eberhard Alsen, author of, “the main reason Holden is so believable is that--like most adolescents--he is full of contradictions and ambivalent feelings” (8). Holden has contradicting attitudes towards many things in the novel, especially the adult world, but while he judges others he does not examine
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Authors often use their main character’s journey to highlight a character coming of age while learning something along the way. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is one case in which the main character goes on a coming of age journey. In the story The Catcher in the Holden is a 17 year-old telling the reader about his 16 year-old self. In the story Holden in dealing with the loss of his younger brother Allie as well as his parents not being very present in his life. The story shows Holden’s physical journey; from Pencey Prep to the carousel in central park, as well as his emotional one; which lands him in a mental hospital.
Devin Sushil The Catcher in the Rye is a coming of age story with the overall purpose of providing a coming of age story that allows the audience, typically teenagers, to relate with the universal themes of growing up and fearing adulthood. Evidentially the authors tone, conveyed through Holden, is cynical, sarcastic and critical. Over the three day period that the events in New York occur, the narration by Holden allows him to be characterized by his innermost thoughts and feelings. The word choice of the author portrays Holden’s struggle in growing up.
It is the “phoniness” he wants to blame. Salinger used “phony” this word many times in the book and is one of the most famous word from “The Catcher in the Rye” and it accurately describes the human nature of most adults’. During Holden’s three-day-trip in New York, he has met and encountered with many characters who are pretentious and fake, from Mr. Spencer to Luce and Sally. In society people have to lie or be “phony” just to socialize, or impress someone. Holden is a judgemental person who keeps observing other people’s phoniness but never notices them in himself.
The Coming Of Age Many people struggle to grow up and, being adults, but many do grow up. Phoebe and Stradlater teach about coming of age to Holden. They teach him things like not being childish and growing up, and how it 's okay to grow up. In the book Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Stradlater, and Phoebe help develop the theme of coming of age by teaching Holden that he should himself and not be childish, accordingly how it 's okay to grow up. Holden struggles to grow up so Phoebe and Stradlater teach him some things about maturity and the coming of age.
Although Holden is a very intelligent character he finds the hypocrisy and ugliness in the world around him and quickly associates it with the adult world. Holden is a very introverted character who hesitates throughout the book to share information about his life . J.D Salinger makes sure to portray Holden that way to
The “Age of Conformity”, the decade of the 1950s in the United States, was a time when “far out” ideas were punished and societal norms began to form, and teenagers living in this decade were far from exempt of conforming to these overbearing social norms. J.D. Salinger, author of the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, explored the difficulties teenagers faced in the post-World War II era in a captivating story told by a teenage boy named Holden Caulfield. For over 60 years, Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has been a controversial work that receives criticism from some and praise from others, but leaves no doubt that the story of Holden Caulfield has intrigued readers regardless of their overall opinion of the novel. Salinger poured his own anxiety and PTSD from the war onto the pages, and by doing this, created Holden Caulfield. Holden, unarguably a deeply-troubled teenager, is one of the most relatable characters in literature read by high schooler students today regardless of their mental health state.
Holden’s Struggle To Find Himself: Throughout the novel, The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden struggles to find himself and who he truly is in order to be happy. His struggles relate to many things that he does or say in particular. Holden lacks with a social status with women and his family, whether it’s a relationship or being antisocial. Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield experiences the complexities and struggles involved with both physical and emotional relationships.
Firstly, when the author introduces Holden at first, his actions define him as pervert with strong intentions of coition. Through immature mannerisms, Holden proves himself as childish and irresponsible. Eventually he learns to wait until his heart is ready to love again before he can fully commit to having coitus with someone. Secondly, his fear of losing innocence is changing in tolerance as he learns to accept that he is growing up, but can be the kind of grownup who helps others. Holden seems to have an obsession with the thought of saving the little children that he cannot save himself, but he eventually learns that he cannot save every child and has to allow them to receive an opportunity to fall, so they can jump right back up independently.
Was Holden successful in his Journey This is an essay on whether or not Holden Caulfield is successful on his journey throughout the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by Jerome David Salinger. This book shows how hard it can be for teenagers that are going from an adolescent to adulthood. Holden, who is sixteen years old, has been kicked out of several schools. Pencey Prep. was the latest.
Jessica Casimiro October 30, 2015 English 3/PayLea Short Story Essay Patrick Rothfuss once claimed, “The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” The novel Catcher in the Rye focuses on Holden Caulfield, an angst-ridden teen conflicted between remaining in a state of prolonged innocence or transitioning into the world of adulthood, thus facing the corruption and phoniness that it correlates with. Through Holden’s dynamic character, J.D Salinger depicts how innocence is slowly lost when exposed to adulthood. Reluctant to the idea of growing up, Holden strives to protect the innocence of himself and the ones’ around him. Holden reminisces about the Natural Museum of History, a place he enjoyed going
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.
Holden struggles with growing up and facing reality. There are many examples of Holden’s immaturity that are displayed in many forms such as facing responsibilities, his speech, his actions, and etc. Holden’s outlook on adult life is that it is superficial and brimming with phonies, but childhood was all about looking pleasing and innocent. He wants everything to stay the same and for time to stop. As Holden progresses in age, he will discover more about becoming mature in the
In this novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is the narrator that goes through a variety of problems. He has dilemmas, but meets/reconnects with people on his quest of life. This novel is more than just a simple story about a protagonist and his life events. This novel follows the structure of bildungsroman. There are four parts to it- character’s growth in social structure, a form of loss, process of maturity, and if the character ends in a new place of society.
The Catcher in the Rye In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger writes about a teenager struggling to find his place within the existence of the reality of others. Salinger creates shocking events that lay out the foundation of the the main character Holden Caulfield’s life in the novel. Salinger uses Holden’s characteristics throughout the novel such as Holden’s stubbornness to establish a much bigger theme in the book along with many other symbols.
By illustrating the fact that the adolescents’ perspective and adults’ perspective on the society are contrasting, Salinger establishes a sense that adolescents’ perspectives has changed negatively because they suffer from extreme stress levels as they set themselves up for their