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Catcher in the Rye Essay

  • Submitted by: mcarafa
  • on November 13, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,906 words

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Falling into Adulthood
In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy, struggles to mature and conform to the expectations of society as he enters adulthood while he tries to cope with the death of his little brother, Allie. Holden doesn’t like what he sees as he starts to meet new people and venture into the world. His travels in New York City cause him to lose his childhood innocence from encounters with people who are phonies that only care about money and sex. These losses of innocence are shown by a recurring motif in the story, falling. On several occasions throughout the story, Holden’s falling symbolizes his loss of innocence at his school Pencey Prep, where he falls before a meeting with his history teacher, in a fight with his roommate, and as he leaves his school, in New York, where he falls before meeting a prostitute and meeting the prostitute’s pimp, after leaving his house, and his sister nearly falling, and in his imaginary world where he saves children from falling.
Holden’s falls at his fourth school, Pencey Prep, foreshadow his loss of innocence as he is soon to be exposed to the real world. His first fall is when he is going to see Old Spencer, his history teacher at Pencey, in search of a good-bye. As he is running towards Spencer’s house, he says, “It was icy as hell and I damn near fell down” (5). The fact that he nearly fell symbolizes that something is going to change when talking to Spencer. While at his teacher’s house, Spencer embarrasses Holden by saying, “I flunked you in history because you knew absolutely nothing” (10). After he says this, Holden thinks, “I don’t think I’ll ever forgive him for reading me that crap out loud” (12). Spencer was being extremely rude in Holden’s eyes by reminding him of his past failures, but at this point he did not know that that is how people act in reality as opposed to his fantasy where everyone is treated equally and fairly. Holden escapes the...

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