The Catcher In The Rye Essay

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Holden situation is very difficult to relate to from a teenagers perspective. He is free to do whatever he wants, and he takes advantage of that. He has the money to buy whatever he want and the freedom to go where he wants. With the lack of modern day technology teenagers would not last an hour if they were with Holden. Holden has a difficult situation, but he also has a great one. He is in a wonderful city and can do whatever he would like, and that is very hard to do if you are a teenager now. No one can relate to holden due to the lack of technology, the freedom and money Holden has.

The first reason why teenagers cannot relate to Holden is due to the lack of technology. In The Catcher in the Rye, their is a lack of technology due to the setting being in the 1940s. For teenagers now, they can’t go 5 minutes without checking their phones. In a study with 574, 14-17 year old teenagers, 87% of them own and use a cellphone frequently. With those numbers most likely 75 teenagers would be normal with no technology. For the other 499 teens, they would be in trouble! When reading The Catcher in the Rye kids are wondering why he would go see a show, or go ice skating smoke and drink. If this novel had a different date to it most girls would be taking pictures instead. “Perhaps Holden would not have felt quite so alone if he were growing up today. After all, Mr. Salinger was writing long before the rise of a multibillion-dollar cultural-entertainment complex largely catering to the taste of teenage boys.” Kids are usually trapped in their room on their phone. And when on social media, most kids feel like they are with people though they are not. If Holden was in the World we are in right now his perspective on life could be totally different. Throughout the novel this idea of freedom and to do what you want is confusing for people. Teens cannot wrap their heads around going out and doing whatever they want, which is also why teenagers cannot relate to Holden’s Situation.

Holden has a very rare situation for a teenager. He is in New York,...

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