Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of No Return Essay

1277 Words May 16th, 2016 6 Pages
What would one expect the physical and mental state of a 17 year old boy to be? Many would assume it to be at the point where a boy was almost ready to become a man. For Holden Caulfield the case is much different. After getting kicked out of school for the 4th time Holden is on the brink of no return. Throughout the novel, Holden shows us what to expect from a teenage boy that has lost connection with his family, and has resorted to drinking and smoking to keep himself in check. In J. D. Salinger’s book, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield shows what it is like to be completely lost. The book almost sets and example of what not to be like or act like as you are trying to become an adult. By using the 40 Developmental Assets quiz you can see that he has no support from anyone close to him, loses control of the situation more times than not, has given up on school, and does not see any positive in his lifestyle choices.
Holden receives very little family support during the novel, and does not show any indications that he has ever been supported. In the beginning of the novel, Holden talks leaving Pencey prep, but could not go home until Wednesday. Holden says, “I figured my parents probably wouldn 't get old Thurmer 's letter saying I 'd been given the ax till maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. I didn 't want to go home or anything till they got it and thoroughly digested it and all. I didn 't want to be around when they first got it. My mother gets very hysterical. She 's not…

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