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  • The Importance Of Adolescence In The Catcher In The Rye

    Adolescence comes from the Latin world, adolescere, and is defined as “the transitional stage of physical and psychological human development that occurs during the period of puberty to legal adulthood”(Wikipedia.com). In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, is a symbolic character that represents adolescence. In the novel, Holden’s true issues are not related to the “phonies”. As a matter of fact, his true issue is his inability to accept reality because Holden fabricates concepts and situations to protect himself form the true nature of adult society. Salinger develops Holden’s character to remind readers that although the process of growing up could be emotionally intimating. One must have courage to accept, because the incapability of acceptance creates a barriers between one and the society. Salinger’s emphasizes the importance of this theme constantly throughout the novel based on three main fields: Holden’s opinions on adult society, his objections towards changes, and how he fantasize about the future. Phony is used to describe someone that is acting not genuinely, or in a fraudulent way (enotes.com). In The Catcher in the Rye, the word phony, appears a total of 35 times (prooffreader.com), while significant words such as “catcher” (173), only appears once throughout the novel. The impact of Holden using “phony” to describe his family, teacher, and others in the society indicates Holden’s immaturity and his misinterpretation…

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  • Examples Of Morality In Catcher In The Rye

    When the author states, “It 's full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques (pg. 131),” he is trying to share with his readers the corruption of the adult world. He argues that children are so…

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  • Growing Up In The Catcher In The Rye By J. D. Salinger

    go through that same pain. He is trying to save all of the children from his worst fear; growing up. Much like most children and adults, Holden has an intense fear of growing up. It isn 't unwarranted either. It is very scary for adults and children alike to face growing up and being on your own. Holden experiences many different things that lead the reader to believe that although he wants to appear grown up, he really wants to stay a child. His attachment to his red hunting cap is only one…

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  • Childhood In Catcher In The Rye

    The children in the 1980’s Toys R Us’s commercial expressively repeated the phrase: “I don’t wanna’ grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid.” Although the company Toys R Us was not founded until 1948 (About Toys"R" Us), Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has the same mentality: he does not want to grow up. His bias towards innocence and fear of adulthood leaves him with one purpose in life: to save those from enduring the pain of maturing. Due to a mishearing of…

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  • A Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Character Analysis

    Some people are like trees; they take forever to grow up, including Holden Caulfield, the sixteen year old protagonist of the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. Throughout the novel, Holden skirmishes through teenage life because he cannot take on the responsibilities that are a part of growing up. Holden is infatuated with childhood and he chooses to be trapped between two worlds; one of innocence and the other of adulthood. On the contrary, maturity comes easily to certain…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Adolescence Essay

    Terri Apter once said that “adolescence is society 's permission slip for combining physical maturity with psychological irresponsibility.” Adolescence, or more precisely the transition from childhood to adulthood, is often associated with one’s struggle to become unique and create a bright future. A stage in life full of self-discovery and an acceptance of the responsibilities of adulthood, adolescence can be a daunting, yet truly fulfilling experience. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Forlornness Analysis

    Dharani Nachiappan Ms. Catenacci ENG 4U1 08 April 2015 Salinger’s Fascination of Forlornness in The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye is known internationally as an influential and analytical narrative. It follows the story of Holden Caulfield who goes through a series of events that make him feel alone and neglected in the world that he is living in. Many themes are present throughout the novel but the most recurring and dominant theme is forlornness. This is the feeling of…

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  • The Four Idols

    teenagers and adults have a planner wither it be on their phone or a physical planner and follows it perfectly. When something comes up that’s not in the planner people don’t know how to react; that’s the joys of being a child though, never worrying about planning things. As adults being faced with the unknown is hard to handle and even at times scary; many children handle the unknown with little to no hardship. Bacon stated, “The human understanding is of its own nature prone to suppose the…

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  • Catcher In The Rye Title Analysis

    if they “start to go over the cliff”(191). The title symbolizes that Holden wants to keep the innocence of every child and keep them from falling off into adulthood. If he can save them, they will forever be the light in the dark. During the entire book, Holden Caulfield’s only blissful parts are about his siblings, Phoebe and Allie. To him, his future does not seem so bright, and he’s having a difficult time finding what suits him best. Entering adulthood was not full of enjoyment, that was…

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  • Why Is Holden Caulfield Unreliable Narrator

    and I lost both of them. I’m not too tough. I’m a pacifist, if you want to know the truth.”(Salinger, 46) Therefore, Holden is enjoying the fact that he looks tough because he has blood on his face. He contradicts himself by calling himself a peaceful person. These are the kind of contradictions that the author uses to show how unreliable Holden is. Furthermore, another example of Holden’s unreliability is his exaggerations. In his school, he feels the need to hate everyone because he is…

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