F. Salinger 's ' The Rye No All Caps ' Essay

1840 Words Nov 16th, 2016 8 Pages
HOLDEN’S TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD IN THE CATCHER IN THE RYE no all caps in the [ don 't use the book title for your title. be creative and original. ] Is there any reason somebody would be scared to grow up? Or a reason for a person to feel as if they were going to be somebody else when they get older? Gerontophobia, is the fear of growing up, which is the biggest fear for Holden Caulfield, one of four children, from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. He is somebody who lets the world get the best of him, and he is the one suffering for it. In the novel, you can invasion Holden being the ducks in the story that have to face the rest of the world, which is the ice they are surrounded by in the winter time. James Castle, Holden’s old school mate, killed himself rather than become a phony adult. Phoebe, Holden’s little sister, is still a child and Holden wants to protect her from becoming a phony when she gets older. Holden fears becoming a phony adult, and since James Castle did not make it, and Phoebe is still growing up, he wants to know where the ducks go to help him find his way. Salinger uses the plight of the ducks, James Castle, and Phoebe, to symbolize Holden’s fear of growing up and becoming a phony. Holden’s interest in the ducks represents his curiosity about what will happen to him when he grows up. Holden wonders what happens to the ducks when the pond freezes over in the winter. Holden starts to think about this question when he begins to talking to Mr.…

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