Holden Caulfield 's The Rye, By Jd Salinger Essay

1344 Words Apr 15th, 2016 6 Pages
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, Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, Holden Caulfield struggles with dealing with the fact that he is growing up. He spends a long weekend in New York City by himself, encountering and contemplating his life and the world around him. Holden’s inconsistency makes him neither a child nor adult, rather he is simply 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 wants to be respected and treated like a mature adult. 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 he is treated, he expresses his frustration by sarcasm and informal language. When the girl questions him, Holden fails to be treated like an adult and he shows his immature, childish side. When he doesn’t get the treatment he wants, he gets upset. In Holden Caulfield and…

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