Essay: A Role Model In The Catcher In The Rye

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Register to read the introduction… Holden is cynical, and also pessimistic driven by his lies, which seem to overwhelm his every thought and opinion. 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 …show more content…
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 finish school with good grades. Unable to do that, he goes back and forth, to different schools, only to fail again. Holden believes this is all just a phase,” I’m just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don't they?" (Salinger 15), as the novel progresses further, he realizes it’s more than a phase, it would be his future. However, Holden didn't believe in his future, "I feel some concern for my future...but not too much" (Salinger 184). Living in a suburban life, there are not many problems to worry about. Exposed to the world, he came out broken and left out, thus unsuitable to be considered a role model altogether.

The novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger serves the purpose of proposing Holden Caulfield as an ineffective role model for teenagers. First, he turns to drugs to present a solution to his problems. Also, he cannot find any connection to reality because of his dependant nature built on lies. Finally, Holden does not express any care for anyone and continually fails in life. With no belief left of a future, Holden has no motives or goals for life explaining why he is so lost in his own ideal world. Instead of being a role model, he seems to be in need of

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