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The Secrets Of A Teenage Life

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The Secrets of a Teenage Life
Many actions and feelings are expressed from J.D. Salinger through his character Holden Caulfield by both physical actions and expressed emotions in the book The Catcher in the Rye. The overall main message of the book is to express the troubles that are involved with growing up in the adolescence years, to Holden Caulfied, the main character of the book, growing up involves dealing with the phoniness of others and just not caring about much that is expected of life. Many negative effects come out of the adolescence years in the eyes of J.D Salinger's, Holden Caulfield. In the The Catcher in the Rye, it seems almost as if Holden is invisible to the world ...view middle of the document...

Death is not always the cause of someones depression or anger. Some believe that in the book, Allie's death caused Holden to become the way he is, and shut out the world. Not only is depression a major part of a teenagers life, but growing up, as a whole, is just as painful sometimes.
Furthermore, Salinger also shows the negative effects of adolescence by expressing Holden’s thoughts and actions about how growing up could be so painful. This is shown when Holden gets angry due to his brother’s death. Growing up means that you have less time with your loved ones, every second brings you closer to either your death or to those whom you love. Holden shows the pain due to growing up through his actions as well. For example, the fact that Holden is still a virgin is due to the fact that losing your virginity is a major milestone in growing up, he holds on to that so he doesn’t grow up so fast. Throughout the book, it seems as if Holden almost refuses to grow up because he is scared of the pain that the adulthood may bring into his life, although he never wants to admit it. “People always think something’s all true. I don’t give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I am-I really do-but people never notice it. People never notice anything” (Salinger 9). Another example is when Holden is walking down the street and notices the boy singing in the road. This bothered Holden because the little boy’s parents were not paying attention to the kid and that made Holden think that the boy was almost a representation of his own life. Holden feels so alone in his life and he does nothing but dwell on the pain that growing up has brought to him. “All I did was, I got up and went over and looked out the window. I felt so damn lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead” (Salinger 48).They are alike because without the boy’s parents paying attention it was like he was all alone, just like how Holden’s parents keep on sending him off from school to school. It is almost as if, in the very beginning of the book, he refused to give details about his childhood, it didn't seem like it meant much to him. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll...

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