Catcher, Holden And His Peers Essay

1152 Words Nov 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Puberty. What do people think of when they hear that word? For most, flashbacks of acne, growing pains, awkward and uncomfortable bodies, and mental awakenings flow into their minds. Everyone goes through this phase, and the characteristics of maturity are prominent in the novel Catcher In The Rye. Both the protagonist, Holden, as well as his peers experience these changes. Their shoulders broaden, they grow taller, gain weight, produce more oil, smell bad, move away from their parents and turn to friends, they gain interest in the opposite sex, and compare themselves to others. Constantly throughout the novel Catcher In The Rye, Holden and his peers may seem abnormal, but in reality they fit the characteristics of growing up and experiencing puberty through the changes their relationships, and through their physical, emotional, and mental changes.
Adolescents experience various physical changes throughout their teenage years. They grow, change, and morph into who they will become. They gain weight, get taller, lose weight, and then gain weight again. They produce more oil, leading to acne, greasy hair, and body odor. One source discusses this saying, “Pimples are common for most teens. Acne is caused by glands in the skin that produce a natural oil called sebum” ( As the teenagers grow, they break out, and their acne worsens. In the novel Holden’s peer, Ackley, can fit this stereotype. Holden describes him with repugnance, making specific note of his large…

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