The Catcher in the Rye: Story of a Troubled Teen

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J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher In The Rye, attempts to show the reader the life of a regular boy with troubles on his mind. The rich and troubled Holden Caufield is that boy. His parents are quite wealthy and want Holden to be successful in life as well, but they do not nurture Holden with the amount of love that is necessary. Holden feels the absence of love, which causes him to suffer a variety of emotional problems. Holden needs direction in his life because he constantly struggles to find the meaning of life on his own. Schools kick him out because he is not able to focus with all these issues in his life. With all this pressure he faces, Holden escapes from consciousness in what appears to be a psychological defect, but is just …show more content…
I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go. I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. Or if they just flew away” (Salinger 13). Holden is not able to gain a consolidated focus in life, and every time someone offers to help he pushes him or her away.

            Phoebe is the only person that Holden will listen to and this saves him. Their little talk in Phoebe’s bedroom sets his mind straight. Holden listens to every one of her words and takes them all into account. She tells Holden that he does not like anything and that he is constantly messing up his life. Phoebe forces her brother to think about his actions as she waits for her answer. He tells her how he likes Allie, but she is quick to say that he is dead. This is a significant answer because Holden realizes for the first time that his brother is truly dead and that he must move on. After he leaves the house and goes outside the house he feels the awkward falling sense. “Then all of a sudden, something very spooky started happening. Every time I came to the end of a block and stepped off the goddam curb, I had this feeling that I’d never get to the other side of the street. I thought I’d just go down, down,

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