Essay on Holden Caulfield 's A Perfect World For Holden

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A perfect world for Holden is everyone is still a little naive about life. Holden wants to protect children from having to face the harsh realities of life, therefore, he wants to be a catcher in a rye. He feels so protective of others based on his own distorted outlook on the world. He hates the falseness of other people, similar to his school, but all Holden sees around him is liars and thieves. He sees Pencey Prep as a microcosm of New York City, which is filled with degenerates. Holden 's parents, also show his disregard for adulthood with their high social class position. They have not taught Holden about what is an actual reality, rather they send him off to a boarding school, creating a communication barrier between each other. Holden 's sister Phoebe, however, reflects the morality of childhood because she is bold to confront life. Adults lose the ability to be authentic and upfront, while children are more direct. One of the themes of the novel is Holden Caulfield 's conflicted relationship with youth and adulthood. In “Reconsidering the concept of therapeutic landscapes in J D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye” written by Leonard D Baer and Wilbert M Gesler, the authors, discuss the significance of the transition between childhood and adulthood had an effect on Holden Caulfield. The authors compare J D Salinger and Holden such as both of them lived in New York City, Holden’s desire to neglect society and migrating to different locations became a reality for…

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