The characteristics of Holden from the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.
Salinger, will be compared to the "modern teenager". The characteristics of
both sets of teenagers are basically similar, but in some parts, they are
different. I chose myself as the modern teenager to be compared to Holden. There
will be four major subjects to be talked about in the essay. The main subjects
that are going to be discussed in this essay are academics, family, experiences
and slang. I thought these four categories are interesting and easy to explain.
In school, we are very similar in many ways. Both of us do not do well
academically. We both have problems with grades in our classes. Holden failed
four out of five of his classes while I failed none. But instead I received
four "C's" from four out of eight of my classes. Although Holden has problems
with grades, ironically he does well in his English. Holden stated, "I'm quite
illiterate, but I read a lot." (p.18) Reading books improves your grammar and
vocabulary. This was be the reason why Holden does well in his English class. I
do not read much and therefore I have problems in my grammar.
The family background of Holden and I are fairly similar, both of us come from
opulent families. Holden and I are both very lucky to be studying in eminent
institutions. Unfortunately, Holden does not take this advantage. Holden's mind
is elsewhere in a reverie, day dreaming how to save the virtuous children from
the evil. While studying away from his family makes Holden's relationship with
his family worst. I study in a private school with my sister and we go home
every day and meet our parents when we get home. Since Holden does not spend
quality time with his parents long enough, he rarely talked about them in the
book. Holden even wrote about his brother in a negative way, "Now he's out in
Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute."(p.2) Using the word prostitute means a lot,... [continues]
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