Theme Of Adulthood In Catcher In The Rye

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“I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody 's going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you 're here. And when you don 't, well, you suffer the consequences.” Adam Savage. When times are tough you should not give up. And you always are not going to have someone to pick you up when you need help. You also are not going to have someone telling you where and what to do with your life. Holden Caulfield has trouble with the transfer from childhood into adulthood. He needs to ask people what he should do and where he should go because he does not know what he needs to go to make that leap. Holden uses the ducks in the lake as a metaphor as himself and where he should go. In Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger uses ducks in order to show growing up is a confusing time for adolescents.
Holden is having a tough time coming up with a plan for his future. When Holden is in the taxi cab and is asking the driver about where the Central park ducks go in the winter time. “By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?” (Salinger 60). Holden is confused about growing up and is not sure if he is ready yet. He asked the driver “do
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Salinger uses ducks as a metaphor in order to show that growing up is a hard time for children. Holden is confused about life. He needs to grow and make the leap into adulthood, but he does not know how and needs to ask other people what to do. He asked them about where he should do metaphorically and needs to figure out what he does with his life. Adam Savage talks about how children need to be more self-sufficient and not relay on people. 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
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