Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is an outspoken, opinionated adolescent boy trying to determine his path in the world. Although Caulfield is portrayed as someone who stands out and does not quite fit in amongst his peers, he bears similar characteristics to many teenagers, from his time period of the 1940s up until modern day. Many of these connections can be linked through an excerpt of ”Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers”, by Chap Clark. Clark presents a multitude of arguments as to why so many teenagers are filled with angst and distance themselves from others, many of these arguments stemming from poor relationships with adults, particularly their parents. When reading The Catcher in the Rye, it is evident that Holden has a very defective relationship with his parents, thus providing some logic into why he chooses to act the way he does. Based on evidence gathered from both pieces of text, it is likely that Holden has never experienced any type of affection from his parents or any other authority figure in his lifetime. Therefore, he is uncertain on how to respond when he receives or witnesses love and affection, but at the same time, he is so desperately seeking to make that type of a connection with someone. Holden Caulfield fits almost perfectly into the mold of modern day teenage behavior depicted by Clark and his findings. He states that, “(t)he postmodern family is often so concerned about the needs, struggles, and issues of parents that the emotional and developmental needs of the children go largely unmet.” Although we do not have much knowledge of the Caulfield family’s relationship, we do know that Holden’s parents continue to send him to boarding school after boarding school even though he continues to fail out of each one. They do not care to take his feelings into consideration or ask Holden how he feels about his schooling situation, demonstrating the above quote and providing further explanation of Holden’s actions in the novel. Another observation that Clark has gathered on the minds of deprived teenagers is that, “‘...just when they most need our help, they are unable to take their parent’s hands.’ They feel this way about

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