Catcher in the Rye

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ENG 4U1 June 12, 2012 Catcher In The Rye Essay A role model can be can classified as one of many things, but what is it exactly that distinguishes a good one from a bad? The novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger is utilized to present the character Holden Caulfield as an unsuitable role model. Firstly, Holden relies on drugs for a way out of his problems instead of facing them. Also, he cannot find his place in the world, which arises, from his natural inclination to lie and is a problem he can’t seem to avoid. Lastly, his view on the world is tainted with carelessness and failure. Holden’s drug usage throughout the novel can be related to the effect that his family has on him; he is unable to find that comfort…show more content…
Holden believes this is all just a phase,” I’m just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don't they?" (Salinger 15), as the novel progresses further, he realizes it’s more than a phase, it would be his future. However, Holden didn't believe in his future, "I feel some concern for my future...but not too much" (Salinger 184). Living in a suburban life, there are not many problems to worry about. Exposed to the world, he came out broken and left out, thus unsuitable to be considered a role model altogether. The novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger serves the purpose of proposing Holden Caulfield as an ineffective role model for teenagers. First, he turns to drugs to present a solution to his problems. Also, he cannot find any connection to reality because of his dependant nature built on lies. Finally, Holden does not express any care for anyone and continually fails in life. With no belief left of a future, Holden has no motives or goals for life explaining why he is so lost in his own ideal world. Instead of being a role model, he seems to be in need of one. Bibliography 1. Shmoop Editorial Team. "Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye" Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 11 Jul. 2012. 2. Salinger, Jerome David. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. 3. "The Catcher in the Rye." SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 11 July 2012. 4.

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