Holden Caulfield 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye '

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Are 50’s teens able to survive the hurtful but unavoidable transition of becoming a grown up as they struggle with the changes that come along with it?

JD. Salinger’s 1951 book, The Catcher in the Rye, shows us how society treated their confused and changing teenagers during their transition into adulthood. The book’s main character Holden Caulfield is being pressured into growing up even though he doesn’t feel ready, to lead an adult life. He is still struggling socially and mourning for his deceased brother whose death turned Holden upside down and into a negative, hopeless person from a young age, which causes him to be distracted, indifferent and to flunk every school he goes to.

Therefore, Holden Caulfield seems to be dealing with a world that is forcing him to change his ways and grow up because of his age while he struggles with his past, present and future, in this JD Salinger classic.

Thesis Statement Brainstorm:

1- Salinger’s main character Holden, is seen to be struggling with his past, present and future in The Catcher in the Rye.

2- Holden is seen to be having unspecified negative thoughts about growing up throughout JD Salinger’s famous The Catcher in the Rye.

3-JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye’s main character Holden Caulfield seems to be dealing with a world that forces him to change his ways because of his age and what it’s expected from him while he is struggling with his past, present and future.

Theme: Struggles…
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