Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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Going through adolescence includes quite a lot problems for teenagers to overcome. Holden Caulfield, from The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, is a seventeen year old boy who is in his bloom of youth, and growing up. He has just been kicked out from his fourth school, which makes things harder for him. Just like Holden, Angela Chase, from tv series called My So-Called Life, is a teenager in ninth grade, who had problems about fitting in society until she grows up. Then, growing up lets her change her life a bit. Holden Caulfield in The Catcher In The Rye and Angela in My So-Called Life both are impressed by the trappings of being grown up, however the way Angela uses those trappings to fit in society is what differs her from Holden. Holden and Angela both are impressed by the trappings of being grow up, such as the idea of sex and independence. Holden, a seventeen year old boy, is pushed by the feeling of necessity of those trappings to grow up. “I am probably the biggest sex maniac you ever…show more content…
He remains outside of society, and chooses to be alone. This is because society surrounding him is full his peers, and they all are growing up, just like him. However, they don’t find adults “phony”, unlike Holden. This creates a disagreement between them. When there is a school team match, Holden says, “I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill”, “The whole school except me was there” (Salinger 2). In comparison with Angela, Holden doesn’t accept being grown up, and doesn’t use it as a way to fit in society. Holden and Angela are both teenagers in their bloom of youth, who had problems about fitting in society. As they grow up, they start to be impressed by the trappings of being grown up. Angela is glad to be a grown up, and uses her independence to fit in society. However, Holden finds adults “phony”, and rejects to be an adult. He doesn’t try to fit in society, unlike
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