Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

1191 Words Apr 15th, 2016 5 Pages
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Many people refer to their high school days as their glory days or the worst four years of their life. In the coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, Holden Caulfield struggles with the realization that he is growing up. While spending a long weekend in New York City by himself, he encounters and contemplates his life and the world around him. Holden’s inconsistency makes him neither a child nor adult, rather he is a confused, immature adolescent. Holden wants to be taken seriously like an adult. At the same time, he does not want the responsibilities that adulthood entails. Holden pursues aspects associated with the adult world such as sex and drinking, but is inexperienced.
Holden longs to be respected by the adult world around him. He often pretends that he is older than he is to order drinks or talk to women. A few times in the novel, he succeeds in being regarded as an adult. When Holden is dancing with a girl at the Lavender Room, she asks how old he is: “‘It’s immaterial to me,’ she said, ‘Hey-how old are you, anyhow?’ That annoyed me for some reason. ‘Oh Christ. Don’t spoil it,’ I said. ‘I’m twelve, for Chrissake. I’m big for my age’”(Salinger 94). Annoyed by the way others treat him, he expresses his frustration through sarcasm and a bit of an arrogant tone. When the girl questions him, he shows his immature, childish side. When he doesn’t get the treatment he wants, he gets upset. In Holden Caulfield and American Protest, Joyce…

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