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Catcher In The Rye Loneliness

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People tend to seek out literature with which they can connect to. Perhaps that is why J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in The Rye is still relevant to many readers, especially teens, today, because the experiences and feelings that Holden has resemble that of teens today. Many people start to explore feelings of love and sex during their teen years. For most it is exciting, but terrifying as well. Holden tries to play himself up to be a sex maniac, when in reality when a prostitute shows up at his door he asks her if she “...[feels] like talking for a while?” (Salinger 124). Sex with anybody, let alone a stranger, is a major step for teens today and Holden alike. His fear and ___uncomfortableness_ are perceptible and obvious. Countless number of teens today feel the same fear and uncertainty that Holden does when in sexual situations. Even critic’s reviews of the book contain underlying messages that infer that the reader has an odd, but intriguing,…show more content…
Loneliness can arise from many situations but always leaves people with a state of empathy towards those who feel it. Holden “slept in the garage the night [Allie] died…” (Salinger 50). Different events make teens susceptible to loneliness — difficult to reach expectations, fights with significant others, death of relatives, stress from daily activities — the spectrum of events ranges, but the feeling that arises is relatable to the majority of people. The ability to relate to Holden’s loneliness makes this book relatable to various people during various times. Loneliness is timeless and universal amongst people. The feelings and certain experiences Holden goes through are universal, and with his age, increase how much teens are able to relate to this work of literature. J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in The Rye is still relevant to many readers, especially teens, today, because the experiences and feelings that Holden has are similar to that of teens
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