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The Negative Effects On Kids Essay

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In the United States there is one in forty-five children that are either on their own or they don’t have parents according to American Institutes for Research. In the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Holden has lost his younger brother when he was thirteen. Now he is sixteen and has been through three schools flunking out of all of them. Holden is moving on to his 4th school, where he also flunks out. After he leaves school he is wondering around New York trying to find himself. Holden lies to multiple of the people he meets because he does not like to talk about his real life. He lies so he can escape reality and be in this new world where everything is better. Throughout the novel J.D. ...view middle of the document...

Holden shows the negative by alienating himself from everyone who gets close to him. He really never had his parents. Holden says “[Holden’s] parents [are] occupied and all”. (1) His parents were never around to help him with problems and it does not help that their always occupied and that he is sent away for school. Holden also flat out says “My lousy childhood”. (1) At the beginning of the story Holden tells us the he has not had the greatest childhood. He tells us that his parents were never really there and if he were to talk about his parents and how they were bad parents they would lose it.
In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger shows the negative effect on people who alienate themselves for means of protection. When Holden was wondering around and went to Mr. Antolini’s house. Holden left later that night when he woke up and found Mr. Antolini rubbing his head. When Holden says “[Holden’s] parents [are] occupied and all”. (1) since his parents were never there for him he is not used to being comforted when he is upset so when Mr. Antolini is comforting Holden he changes it around and says that Mr. Antolini was trying to molest him. Holden also alienates himself from Mr. Spencer when he tries to help Holden with trying to have him stay in school and that if you want to succeed in life you need play according to the rules. Mr. Spencer tells Holden “life is a game boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules”. (8) Mr. Spencer is trying to get Holden in to the right path so he can succeed in life but Holden just avoids the advice and just drops out early before he's actually kicked out. Holden also alienates himself from getting close to people because the last person he was close with was his brother Allie and he died. Holden says "[he] couldn't...

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