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Theme Of Sex In Catcher In The Rye

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One of the constant themes in the novel “The Cather in the Rye”, by Salinger is the theme of sex. Sex is viewed by many as a transitional milestone from childhood to adulthood and the loss of a person’s innocence. Salinger uses the theme of sex to portray the internal conflict that our main character, Holden Caulfield has with the thought of becoming an adult. Just like any normal fifteen year old, Holden has had sexual thoughts about women as is apparent by the comments he makes about them. But unlike any normal teenager, Holden reluctantly resists the urge to have any sexual relationship with a woman. As a matter of fact the idea of sex terrifies him. Holden believes that by having sex he will become an adult, therefore he will become a“phony”
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