F. D. Salinger 's Catcher Of The Rye

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J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye features a complex narrative surrounding a troubled young student, Holden Caulfield. Difficulties he faces throughout the story force Holden to confront his fears of adulthood and maturation and the responsibilities therein through the difficulties he faces throughout the story. Academic controversy surrounds whether Holden learns from these confrontations and adjust accordingly, maturing throughout the story. While initially this seems rather subjective, a thorough analysis of Holden’s actions throughout the story as well as of the symbolism injected by Salinger makes it quite clear that Holden does undergo a significant maturity arc as the story progresses. Holden’s social development and maturation throughout the course of the book, represented through Salinger’s symbolism throughout the work, demonstrates Holden’s recovery after the loss of his younger brother and Holden’s role as a dynamic character. While he makes significant progress through the end of the novel, from the start of the work, Holden faces many dilemmas in his acceptance of adulthood and maturation. A major component of Holden’s struggle with the ideas of change, responsibility, and adulthood stems from his inability to satisfy his own insecurity and longing for acceptance. His experiences with his peers at Pencey exemplify this. Completely unable to find a satisfactory role among his peers, his own immaturity or high standards obstruct his ability to integrate…
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