The Importance Of Schoolwork In Catcher In The Rye

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Many issues such as drama, schoolwork and hormones affect teenagers, but in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is most affected by seeking acceptance. His need for acceptance is one that many people suffer during the critical high school years where friends and popularity take precedence over schoolwork. As a young man alone in New York City, Holden wanders around aimlessly looking for someone to talk to him and accept him. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield seeks the acceptance of others when he writes Stradlater's composition, meets with a prostitute, and talks with the nuns.
One of Holden's most important ideas is the innocence and purity of children, specifically his dead brother Allie. When Stradlater asks Holden to write a composition for him, Holden agrees and decides to write about Allie's baseball glove, something that is very personal to Holden. When Stradlater reads the composition, he responds with, “For Chrissake, Holden. This is about a goddam baseball glove.” (Salinger 46) Holden reaches out for Stradlater's acceptance, but the response he gets is rejection of both Allie and himself. This results in Holden and Stradlater getting into a brutal fight and ends with Holden
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He starts conversing with the nuns while eating breakfast at the train station on his way to meet Sally Hayes. The conversation starts when Holden donates money to the nuns. They then start talking about school and books that they enjoy. This is the first time where Holden is enjoying and participating fully in the conversation. At the end of the conversation with the nuns, Holden says, “I said I’d enjoyed talking to them a lot, too. I meant it, too.” (Salinger 125) His conversation with the nuns results in him being a bit more mature and having the first conversation he truly
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