Holden Vs. Salinger 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

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“People never grow up, they just learn how to act in public,” (Brian White). In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, we follow the endeavors of a 17 year old Holden Caulfield as he struggles to find himself. He begins the book as a perceptive but disinterested youth who, after being expelled out of one of many preparatory schools, finds himself wandering the city of New York. Throughout the story, Holden strives for adulthood but at the same time being unable to truly escape his naive childhood. In the end, he has escaped the bonds of childhood but has not yet found himself become a true adult. Holden’s struggles between getting to the adult world and staying in the child realm of life are shown through adult behavior, lies, and his mindset of childish wonder. Through Holden’s struggle he occasionally complies with adult activities as an act of depression and to display some sense of maturity. An example of this is when Holden says, “‘Okay,’... It was against my principle and all, but I was feeling so depressed I didn’t even think.” agreeing to have sex with a prostitute (Salinger 91). When engaging in mature activities he is usually feeling depressing or loney. This might have been an activity that would allow him to feel something else. There is usually more thought put into a decision for this action, but there was a need for Holden to escape the child world for a moment. In the end he does not have sex with Sunny, the prostitute, because he is too depressed due…

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