Holden Caulfield 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye ' Essay

1054 Words May 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Adolescence is quite possibly the most awkward moment in one’s life. It is a transition from youth to adulthood, in which a person experiences puberty, gains insight to their true identity, and has to figure out plans for the rest of their life whilst balancing all the crazy mishaps life has to offer. It is a troubling, yet rewarding period of time, and in the novel “The Catcher in the Rye”, by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield experiences all of this within a span of five days. “The Catcher in the Rye” is quite simply the epitome of a bildungsroman, or a coming of age novel. It is the story of a teenage boy grieving over the death of his younger brother and coming to terms with growing up. His obsession with purity and his countless lists of things he dislikes overshadows the underlying, yet obvious, theme: growing up is a major drag. With all of these attributes, it is no doubt that “The Catcher in the Rye” would be classified as a bildungsroman, therefore it should be recognized as so. The first, and quite frankly most important, parts of being a bildungsroman is the story focusing on the steady maturation of the character over the span of the novel. Holden’s transition however is slow and subtle, but powerful by the end of the novel. He experiences this revelation of where he’s supposed to be headed towards in life, as opposed to digressing back into time like he initially planned to. Holden would be described as a dynamic character because his…

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