Catcher In The Rye Research Paper

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Growing up is one of the most painful and confusing experiences that life has to offer. Specifically, the time where a child grows up to become an adult. It is the time when children break off from their parents in order to try to find their place in the seemingly cruel, tough and unforgiving world. This process could take 5 years for some, but for others, up to 20. The Catcher in the Rye does a great job of showing this struggle, it’s main character going through this time in his life. He is driven to the brink of insanity by trying to run away from it, only to be brought back by facing reality. In The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, Holden exhibits that he has a fear of growing up which is revealed in his anxiety towards sex, his alienation from people growing up and his need to prevent kids from growing up.…show more content…
In The Catcher in the Rye this is no exception. Holden has an extreme anxiety towards sex. In the beginning of the book, Holden says that he’s had the chance to take the old bald-headed gnome for a stroll in the misty forest multiple times with girls back at Pencey. However he never actually preforms the act. This raises the suspicion, however it is actually proven when Holden orders a stripper from Maurice. In this set of events, Holden is feeling particularly horny, so when Maurice offers him the opportunity to have his way with one of his girls Holden happily obliges. But when the girl arrives, it doesn’t go as planned. Holden instead doesn’t feel like preforming gland-to-gland combat with the girl and instead just wants to

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