The Catcher in the Rye

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Adolescents Are Designated to Become Adults

The Catcher in the Rye by J. S. Salinger depicts the world of adults as insecure, deceiving, and “phony” while mentioning untruthful lies, immoral judgments, extravagant consumptions, impulsive behaviors, and the following responsibilities of grown-ups. Holden, upset with the real world he had just opened his eyes to, shows a streak of Peter Pan Syndrome. He tries to prevent naïve youngsters, like his own loving sister Phoebe, from confronting the reality full of hazard, since he does not want these adolescents yet in the dream world to get contaminated and to become heartbroken as an effect. However, he lacks supernatural power and is unable to amend the rule of the nature, thus just sits and witnesses the inevitability of youngsters becoming adults. It does not matter how much one shows disapproval of letting kids grow up, it will happen eventually.

Unusual for cynical Holden, he gets excited with a song ‘if a body catch a body coming through the rye’ that he hears from a young boy while walking down a street. The song reflects Holden’s yearn to stand at the edge of a field of rye and to catch little kids who tend to run off the cliff, which represents him longing to halt children from falling into the pit of the adult world, since he is aware that it will be hard to climb back up the cliff and to come back to the world of adolescence. Nevertheless, Holden later founds out that the correct lyrics is ‘if a body meet a body coming through the rye’ and that he can never be the Catcher in the Rye. He then realizes that all he can do is only to meet, rather than to catch, youngsters and to let them fall over the cliff. He cannot take any further actions than just to meet and watch them go. There is nothing he can do about it.

“Fuck You” graffiti, on such walls of museums and elementary school bathrooms, are the adult vestiges freely exposed in the society which can easily be contacted by youths. It will not only...
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