A Coming Of Age Story

1124 Words Oct 27th, 2016 5 Pages
If there is one story that society loves, it’s a coming-of-age story: a tale that follows a young protagonist (usually a teenager), and chronicles life as he or she grows into a mature and advanced individual. One famous, and rather unconventional, story of this nature is J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye. In this book the main character, Holden Caulfield, has a bit of an episode, and feels near hopeless at times as he struggles with his own adolescence. In order to tie Holden’s individual strife with the mayhem of every adolescent mind to form one central message, Salinger relies on a number of novel-based elements. Specifically, he illustrates the complexity and uncertainty associated with the transformation into an adult through the details and symbols of Holden’s journey. One way that the author conveys his message about the lives of teenagers is through details concerning Holden’s struggles with maturity. To begin, Holden feels that adult society reeks of falsehood. Commonly referring to the world and people around him as “phony”, Holden has a particular quarrel with the movies in particular. He feels as if the movies are the epitome of society’s phoniness, and especially hates the fact that his brother “prostitutes” his impressive writing skills to such a fake form of entertainment. Likewise, plenty of budding youths have trouble coming to terms with realizations such as these. They face their own dilemmas when deciding whether or not to assimilate with…
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