Salinger 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye '

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If Holden Caulfield was dropped into 2016, there is no doubt that he would be lost on a lot of things. Technology has advanced tremendously since the 50’s, when Holden was a teenager. Cell phones, laptops, apple watches, flat screen TV’s, electric cars, and so much more exist now. However, there are a few aspects of life that are timeless. Even today, teens struggle with relationships, the quest to find out who they truly are, and the pressure to be the best at everything they do. I believe that The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger is relevant because in today’s society the younger generation struggles with many of the same issues Holden Caulfield struggled with. Even though Holden’s may be more drastic, the average teenager still wants to figure life out on their own, and is constantly looking for acceptance and companionship with others in a world full of “phonies.” Some people believe that the voice of Holden is no longer relevant in today’s society. They say that The Catcher in the Rye is not pertinent anymore because Holden deals with a lot of situations that most do not have to face anymore. Today the temptations are much greater than Holden had to deal with, therefore, High Schoolers reading this book may become confused by the fact that Holden has to overcome little obstacles by himself, that today’s teens may never come across. The biggest opposition is that today’s high schoolers cannot connect to the way Holden lives his life, this is said because life is
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