Essay about An Analysis of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

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In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is portrayed as a young, troubled individual. He tells us his story from the mental institution where he is currently residing. Holden is a 16 year old going through many different adolescent changes. He is expelled from his prep school for flunking too many subjects. He drinks, smokes, sees a prostitute, is punched by her pimp, goes on dates, spends a great deal of time in the park, and really does not do a great deal else. Holden is a very hard person to figure out and analyze. Throughout the whole book, Holden constantly changes his mind about things and has various conflicting thoughts. The experiences that Holden goes through illustrate the divide between adults and …show more content…
He can’t seem to have any relationships with any of the people that he thought he once knew. He is trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life but doesn’t seem to like the stressfulness that he brings upon himself.
An ongoing struggle that teens face is the loss of innocence. As adolescents mature and get older, they realize that things start to change and that comes with a loss of innocence. In the story, Holden’s biggest enemy is the adult world and he tries to protect his innocence throughout the book. Everyone or everything that he admires in the story represents his innocence. Jane Gallagher was his childhood friend that he doesn’t think of as a maturing woman but as the girl that he used to play checkers with. The museum’s display represents one of the biggest struggles that adolescents try to deal with – change. The display at the museum appeals to Holden because they are always frozen and unchanging. According to the article “Coping Effectively with Change,” teens and adolescents fear growing up and want to stay young forever. They fear the adult world and what they should expect from it (Hennessy, 2010). “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move…Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you” (Salinger, 1951,p.121). The museum represents a world that Holden wishes he could live in; a world where nothing

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