The Interpretation Of The Catcher In Rye, Including A Characterisation Of Holden, And Many Symbolic Aspects Of The Book.

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Adolescence is the most awkward time in one's life. Teens are on the brink of adulthood, but not yet fully emotionally developed. They experiment with dangerous substances such as drinking, smoking and sex in order to test their boundaries as individuals in society. Most of one's early life is spent being protected from the "real world" but inevitably the "real world" works its way into one's consciousness. Everyone experiences a day when they wake up and the Easter Bunny does not exist, Santa Clause is not real and grandma did not just move away. Teens question everything because they feel like they have been lied to all their lives. In many respects Holden Caulfield embodies the internal conflicts of every teenager. Three specific examples that I personally identify with are: Holden's struggle to find himself, his need forcomfort and love, and his attitude toward the "real world."Growing up is a major theme in J.D Salinger's "The Catcher in The Rye". Holden, like most teens, wants the privileges of adulthood but not the responsibility. Many teens think that because they swear, drink or have sex that they are mature. Holden thinks exactely in this scheme. "I kept sitting there getting drunk" (p. 149). Having a few drinks is a typical, so teens think, adult behavior. On the other hand when Holden "all of the sudden, started to cry" and he "couldn't help it" (p. 179) was not so typical for an adult behavior. But Holden, although he wants to hide it, a very emotional person. At the beginnen when he describes Jane, he is describing her very sensetive "Ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row" (p. 34). He likes the detail, he tries not to be like the others. He tries to be unusual. Maybe one mor reason for he sensivity is his sad childhood. His brother Allie, died when he was very young. And Holden adored him. Or the parents almost divorced whem he was young.One of the most used words in the book by Holden is "phony". This word is very important for Holden. He thinks everythink and everybody is phony. That is maybe a reaction, because of his difference to the others. But this attitude is almost destroying him. " I feel so damn lonesome" in my opinion this is the price he had to play for his eternal struggle of being different. Though Holden is a person, who thinks that everyone is phony, his point of view changes at the end of the book. He misses people whom he once labeled as phony. "Old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance. I think I even miss that goddamn Maurice (the pimp)" (p. 214). Holden constantly judges people before he knows them. Holden never feels like he belongs or fits in. When he has anything more than superficial interaction with people, it confuses him.Holdens attitude makes is little sister Phoebe sad. When Holden vistit her at home in the...

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