Childhood And Adulthood : How Harmful Forcing Teenagers Into Adults

1002 Words Aug 21st, 2015 5 Pages
Going through puberty creates enough stress and emotional instability by itself, but transitioning from child to an adult becomes even more complicated when society demands physical and mental maturity from children. Being surrounded by people that increasingly glorify sex and alcohol as they get older pressure teens to feel like they need to take part in loose activities. These drastic differences between childhood and adulthood result in emotional turmoil. J.D. Salinger’s the Catcher in the Rye illustrates how harmful forcing teenagers into adults can be to their mental health and wellness. Growing up introduces people to new emotions and desires, such as lust and drinking. While transitioning from being a kid to becoming an adult, teenagers look to friends and family to figure out how to balance these new desires with their morals. Luce, a friend that Holden admires, “lost his virginity when he was only fourteen” (Salinger, 161). As a student advisor and an older boy at Whooton, Luce should act as a role model and encourage morals. However by giving constant sex talks and acting promiscuously, Luce throws Holden into to a sex-crazed environment. After leaving Pencey, Holden “kept walking around the room, waiting for the prostitute to show up… [he] sort of just wanted to get it over with” (Salinger, 104). As he gets older, Holden tries to conform to the sexual lifestyle that surrounds him by hiring a prostitute, only to realize that he has no interest in extreme physical…

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