When Childhood Gets In Your Qay

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``When Childhood Gets in Your WayBeing a young adult, teens are limited to the things that they can do. This includes going to dances, hanging out with friends, and sometimes being peer pressured into doing something whether or not it is right. There are also some young adults that do as they please. One of these teens is Holden Caulfield. In The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield learns about adulthood, and keeps on trying to find his true self. During this time, he does as he pleases, but there is one thing that he cannot seem to do. This is to cross the line of childhood, and enter adulthood. Once Holden leaves Pencey Prep, near the beginning of the story, Holden has gone around trying to turn into an adult, but he can't because his childhood is holding him back. Holden Caulfield's inability to be ushered into adulthood hinders him from being content with himself because his point of view shows that he is protective, self-contradicting, and feels inconsequential.Since it was hard for Holden to turn into an adult, he thinks about helping those who have not yet encountered adult activities by imagining ways to protect those children. As Holden is roaming around New York, he starts to think about how innocent childhood actually is, but once they have to experience adulthood they change their perspective dramatically. He does not like this and this causes him to be protective of children. Being protective shows that Holden cherishes childhood, and since he has to leave it he doesn't feel like he is ready to let go. After listening to a boy singing, "If a body catch a body coming through the rye" (Salinger 115) from earlier in the novel, Holden tells us that he has a fantasy of when he is "… picturing all these little kids playing some game in a big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around-nobody big, I mean-except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff" (Salinger 173). When Holden says everybody, he is describing children that are playing around a cliff in a field of rye. Through his thoughts we can tell that the top of the cliff, where the children play, is the thought of childhood and Holden stops the children from falling off this cliff. Pass the cliff is adulthood, and since the children are still young, Holden wants to protect them from the obscenity of adults; especially about the topic of sexual desires. He fantasizes this image because he knows that he does not feel comfortable to becoming an adult and he wants to make sure that other people don't make the same mistake that he did. Not having anyone but peers tell him about adulthood gives him an uncertainty of if he is doing his job as an adult correct. Even though he seems accustomed to doing right, he is not helping himself because numerous times in the story he self contradicts himself.Another trait that describes Holden is that is he...

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