The Catcher in the Rye: Holden and Modern Teenagers

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The Catcher in the Rye: Holden and Modern Teenagers

The characteristics of Holden from the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.
Salinger, will be compared to the "modern teenager". The characteristics of both sets of teenagers are basically similar, but in some parts, they are different. I chose myself as the modern teenager to be compared to Holden. There will be four major subjects to be talked about in the essay. The main subjects that are going to be discussed in this essay are academics, family, experiences and slang. I thought these four categories are interesting and easy to explain.

In school, we are very similar in many ways. Both of us do not do well academically. We both have problems with grades in our classes. Holden
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There are limits sometimes; talking to adults is one good example. To show respect to the elder, teenagers like Holden and I do not use slang in front adults because it is very disrespectful. We are supposed to be well mannered people, and therefore we should be more concerned about our reputations.

From the four main points that I have stated, I think Holden and I are more similar then different. The book The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger makes
Holden sounds like a problem child, but if you compare Holden with a modern teenager closely, you will find that there are a number of similarities between the two teenagers. Holden is more experienced in independent living, but his school performance and his way of talking to his peers is the same the modern teenager. The only difference of Holden compared to the modern teenager is that he views about his family. This is basically because he is not close in touch to his family as much as we are. Holden goes to boarding school and therefore he will have less quality time with his family.


Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company,
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