Holden realizes that he is no longer a child, which is why he would like to preserve the innocence of children, but he believes all adults are phony, and refuses to be like them. Growing up is something that everybody has to do. As children get older, innocence is lost, and phoniness is obtained, and this is what Holden fears the
Holden relies on other people to tell him what he should do with his life and where he should go. Holden shows that teenagers and adolescents are confused about growing up and he ultimately shows how difficult it is for children who don’t have anyone to go to, to
In conclusion the author J.D. Salinger wrote The Catcher in the Rye to help all of those teens going through the rough transitional period into adulthood, he wanted them to know that they aren’t alone and they aren’t the only ones feeling like this. Holden made the mistake of isolating himself and whenever he felt like finally turning himself in but he would change his mind much too quickly. He was very indecisive and wouldn’t plan too far into the future. If he was to have stayed at Pencey or gone straight home this story wouldn’t have been made, but then again that’s the purpose of it, to share this story and make it relatable to all teens of all different periods of time. We as teens must acknowledge that we are not grown yet, nor invincible, we must do things the right way or we’ll more than likely end up just as Holden
This correlates to the life of Antonio Marez, a young boy finding his way through the stages of childhood and adulthood in the novel Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya. Throughout the story, Antonio struggled to comply with the lifestyle his family chose for him which caused the haze in his mind to expand. At first, it was unclear what life he would choose, but once outside influences came into play, Antonio began to question the ideals he once believed in. In addition to his frequent questioning, life-altering events that Antonio experienced caused the fog to dissipate. Luckily the pressure, questioning and experiences Antonio faced pushed him into a state of maturity that allowed him to break from his old ways and choose his own path in life.
These two struggles are what causes Holden to realise his purpose is being a catcher in the rye. His struggle to adulthood is quite evident. Holden states that the adult world is a nasty and horrible place, he thinks that the adult world is very phony, fake, and corrupt. These are words he uses quite often to describe the adult world, proving that he despises the thought of being an adult.
I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. ” Holden often states that most of adults are phony, and he strongly dislikes them. He dreams of saving children, but in reality falling from a cliff is a metaphor of them becoming phony adults, losing their innocence, childish honesty and the way they look at the world. The way he explains his dream to Phoebe, shows us that he doesn 't have actual plans for the future. He knows that what he
Creon displays a contemptuous belief that his way is the only way. Teiresias the phrophet yet again forwarns Creon on his fateful mistake to punish Antigone. “Think: all men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repaired the evil”(5.77). Creon doesn’t realize his misguided course until his moment of absolute disparity. People realizing their course is wearing long after they have made a faulty trek unfolds in many occurrences.
In the process of growing up, adulthood can be seen as an appealing and attractive term of life; however, actually it is a beguiling fiction set by the societies of the human race to console themselves. Societies draw a line of trumped-up inequality between a child and an adult which makes adults superior to children. This line makes the adulthood look much more attractive from the perspective of a child and gives some advantages to adults to comfort themselves for losing their childhood. In The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger shows these advantages by Holden’s obsession about his age. Even though Holden hates growing up, he is still not content with his age, especially when he wants to flirt with ‘women’ and use alcohol.
On the other hand, the fact that he sees everyone as a phony makes him depressed as well, because the way he sees people makes him hate a lot. However, this cannot continue if Holden wants to be a happy person. He needs to appreciate life more, trying to find positive sides in a word he’s currently living in not only when he’s with his family. He has to do that because a person who dislikes everything and cannot be emotionally stable doesn’t fit into our
Through the novel Catcher in the Rye and an article describing this theme, it is very apparent that childhood is the most important of life that teens don’t want to let go of. Between its simplicity and protection from the adult world, it is tried to be kept on to through symbolism in Catcher in the Rye and through the mentality and maturity of adolescents. Growing up might not be the easiest thing to face in life, but it will be even harder if you try to hold onto your childhood
In J.D Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield portrays the role of a teenage boy that struggles to come in terms with the reality of growing up. As he goes around New York searching for the answers to his problems, he encounters various people that either add to his struggles or help him. It is seen, though, that most of those he encounters add to his complexity with the adult world. This aids him in alienating himself to protect what childhood innocence he has left. Out of those he meets, the ones that had him distance himself most are Sally Hayes, a girl that Holden dates from time to time, and Mr. Antolini, one of Holden’s former teachers.
The Catcher And The Rye by J.D. Salinger is an epic novel where our main character Holden Caulfield faces many challenges that challenge him as a young man such as growing up, rebellion, and love. Holden like most teenagers is rebellious but to an extreme nature. After flunking out of his fourth school the last one being Pencey Prep he refuses to tell his mother and father. In wanting to avoid this confrontation he leaves three days earlier taking a train back to Manhattan. Where he goes on adventure that turns him into a young man.
Typically, when someone thinks of going on a journey, the first thing that comes to mind is to travel from one destination to another. From this thought two main ideas can be interpreted. One type of journey could be a long expedition to a new city, experiencing new activities. Before vacationing to Paris, I was skeptical about the travel because I knew nothing about the city.