Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

1952 Words Oct 17th, 2016 8 Pages
In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, we are introduced to a character named Holden Caulfield. Throughout the story Holden struggles both internally and externally with thoughts or actions that involve the concept of growing up. Events within the story that depict Holden’s internal struggle with growing up can be found when Holden has the interaction with Sunny, learning about Stradlater’s relationship with Jane and finding “Fuck you” written in the wall of Phoebe 's school. Growing up for Holden proves to be an immensely difficult experience and this is amplified by the limited parental guidance that he is provided with. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, (source), Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers by Chap Clark, (source), Fit Audience, Frank Kermode The Spectator CC, (source), A Tight Three-Movement Structure by Brian Way, (source), all provide evidence to support the conclusion that Holden struggled with the process of growing up. These events in the life of Holden Caulfield along with the fact that he was forced to face these events alone created Holden’s hatred for the process of growing up. Losing your virginity is an event in the human life that is often associated with growing up. One example of how Holden’s internal conflict is depicted is the way that he dealt with Sunny. Sunny was a whore that was sent to him in the Edmont hotel by a bellhop named Maurice. When Holden first accepted Maurice’s offer of having a girl come up to his room he…

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