Essay about The Portrayal Of Holden Caulfield 's ' The Rye '

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Don 't most people thirst for simple life of being a youngster? Modern society puts pressure on younger members to assume adult roles and mature quicker. In Catcher in the Rye the protagonist Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy, would do anything to be a "kid" once again. Holden, while engaging in adult behavior, has an even more intense conviction to be not as mature. He also wants to protect children from becoming tainted by the societal pressure to mature. Caulfield’s beliefs attract him to people that exude youth and immaturity. Holden believes that children do best when maturing at their own pace. When they are forced to assume adult roles, as seen in Sunny the prostitute, children are not given the chance to dream. Through the characterization of Holden Caulfield, Salinger expresses the need to save innocence in modern society.
The conflicted nature of Holden Caulfield 's ideas about growing up in a modern society in The Catcher in the Rye , suggests that growing up too soon is not helpful to a child 's full and healthy development. Holden 's use of diminutive diction when describing the prostitute Sunny, portrays his idea that she is too young to be in the situation she is in. The situation for him is upsetting in a few ways. Not only is he in the adult situation, but he is with another young person. Holden describes her voice as “tiny little wheeny-whiny.”( Salinger,94) This description identifies her as a small, young girl. Also he compares her manors to a young…

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