Catcher in the Rye Essay

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ENG 4U1
June 12, 2012
Catcher In The Rye Essay

A role model can be can classified as one of many things, but what is it exactly that distinguishes a good one from a bad? The novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger is utilized to present the character Holden Caulfield as an unsuitable role model. Firstly, Holden relies on drugs for a way out of his problems instead of facing them. Also, he cannot find his place in the world, which arises, from his natural inclination to lie and is a problem he can’t seem to avoid. Lastly, his view on the world is tainted with carelessness and failure.

Holden’s drug usage throughout the novel can be related to the effect that his family has on him; he is unable to find that comfort
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This proves Holden is not an ideal role model, because his world is built upon lies, and there is no truth in anything he does. “I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible.” (Salinger 16) Holden's ability to lie is one of the first traits that he reveals about himself (G.S). He takes pride in saying that he is a good liar. His inability to have normal conversations and relationships is possibly one reason why he is so isolated. Holden's insecurity is one of the reasons for his lying. This, in turn, is why he can't find his place in the world. Neither can he establish fact from his mistakes.

Holden deals with frequent depression and resorts to irrational solutions to help him cope with his emotional state. When Holden is in a depressive state, he "…can’t even think" (Salinger 91) and this result in actions he does not want. Holden is not in check with his emotions and has no control over his life, which indicates immediately that he is no position to be looked upon as a role model (Shmoop E.T).
Being an adult is to have expectations and responsibilities, which comes from growing up. When Holden is faced with a situation, he cannot deal with it, always avoiding or making excuses (G.S). His job as an adolescent teenager was to

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