Holden 's Fear Of Growing Up Essay

1070 Words Apr 29th, 2015 5 Pages
Although most children appear to want to grow up, most do not. In fact most kids are extremely afraid to grow up. This is certainly the case for 16 year old Holden Caulfield. At the beginning of the book The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden finds himself being kicked out of boarding school yet again. Instead of doing the reasonable thing, he decides to run away and roam the streets of New York City all alone. He has some wild adventures along the way. Including but not limited to; meeting a prostitute, getting drunk several times, and passing out at the Museum of Natural History. Through all of his crazy situations and the way he handles them you begin to get the idea that he has an intense fear of growing up. Throughout The Catcher and The Rye, J.D. Salinger uses symbolism to show Holden 's fear of growing up in order to help his adult readers understand what it is like to be a teenager. He does this with Holden’s red hunting cap, the duck pond, and his misinterpretation of The Catcher and The Rye.
As children we all have a special item that makes us feel good, it might be a blanket, a stuffed animal, or even a rubber ducky. As we grow older we push that item away because it gets too “babyish” for us. Holden feels exactly the opposite, he chooses to purchase a new item so he can continually hold on to his childhood. He is so infatuated with his hat just like any small child with a new toy he even said himself “I still had my red hunting hat on, with the peak…

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