The Catcher in the Rye

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Catcher in the Rye Essay

As every teenager becomes older they seek for their own identity, which is vital for their personal development. In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye the author JD Salinger explores this issue. The Catcher in the Rye is a story about a anxious teenager named Holden Caufield who is struggling to find his identity and is pressured with many teenage issues such as the urge to rebel and has trouble ending friendship’s. Holden Caufield tell his story in first person in a scattered form of stream of consciousness, which takes the reader through his adventurous and unstructured life. Through Holden’s diverse adventures, the author explores the issues of relationships, individuality and childhood and how challenging it is for some people to comfortably fit into society.

It is obvious in Holden unpredictable behavior towards adults that he has a problem establishing solid relationships with other people. There are numerous times in the novel were Holden has striked up conversation with random people merely because he is lonely and has no other relationships with anybody else. Holden feels as if he has to lie to keep his conversations stimulated. This causes his relationships with other people to be unstable and revolved around a “fake” person. An example of this is when Holden meets Ernest’s mother, Mrs. Morrow on the train. “Then I really started shooting the old crap around (pg48)” Holden does not speak the truth to Mrs. Morrow once in there hole conversation but yet still wants to keep the conversation going on longer. “C’mon join me, why don’t you? I enjoyed having her (pg 51)” This quote symbolizes how the author JD Salinger has identified to the reader that Holden is struggling with his own identity and because of this he is trying to be someone that he is not. This is causing him to have a great deal of trouble having a solid relationship with other people.

Throughout the novel, Holden claims to value individuality and rejects...
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