Adolescence Is Society 's Permission Slip For Combining Physical Maturity With Psychological Irresponsibility

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Terri Apter once said that “adolescence is society 's permission slip for combining physical maturity with psychological irresponsibility.” Adolescence, or more precisely the transition from childhood to adulthood, is often associated with one’s struggle to become unique and create a bright future. A stage in life full of self-discovery and an acceptance of the responsibilities of adulthood, adolescence can be a daunting, yet truly fulfilling experience. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and in the 2013 film The Spectacular Now, Holden Caulfield and Sutter Keely, two high school seniors, struggle to accept the inevitability of growing up, and they illustrate their reluctance to move on through their erratic behaviour and interactions with those around them. Both characters create a false reality to make their situations seem less depressing. Sutter, on one hand, emphasizes the importance of living in the moment, and has no real path to follow for his future, using alcohol to numb the pain. Holden, similarly, is unaware of where he wants to go in life, but unlike Sutter, who is very irresponsible with his drinking problems, Holden tries to act in a saintly way and seems to believe he is perfect.

To begin with, the reader is quick to see that Holden Caulfield is very questionable about the morals of those around him. He continually points out the phoniness in the adults he encounters; to him, phoniness is reflected by those with a lack of innocence and…

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