“Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger

In JD Salinger’s’ Catcher in the Rye, a teenager named Holden Caulfield has a tough time comprehending that everyone has to mature. Holden did not desire children to mature since he feels that adults are corrupt. This is understood when Holden tries to remove bad words from the walls of a grade school where his sibling Phoebe went to. “While I was taking a seat, I saw something that drove me crazy. Somebody ‘d written ‘Fuck you’ on the wall. It drove me damn near insane. I thought how Phoebe and all the other youngsters would see it, and how they ‘d question what the hell it suggested, and then lastly some unclean kid would inform them- all cockeyed, naturally- what it implied, and how they ‘d all consider it and perhaps even stress over it for a couple of days. I kept wanting to eliminate whoever’s written it. I figured it was some perverty bum that ‘d slipped in the school late in the evening to take a leak or something and then wrote it on the wall. I kept imagining myself catching him at it, and how I ‘d smash his head on the stone actions till as excellent and goddam dead and bloody.” (201 )

Holden was really interested in what would happen if they saw it and triggered him to make stereotypes of a kid that would attempt to corrupt the kids of a grade school. Holden through that kids were innocent due to the fact that they saw the world and society without any issues. Phoebe asked Holden to name something that he wish to be when he matured, the only thing he desired was to be a”catcher in the rye.” Holden had an impression for himself of a strange dream. Holden said that he would like to follow a poem written by Robert Burns: “If a body capture a body coming through the rye.” Holden kept “visualizing all these youngsters playing a video game in a huge field of rye. Countless little kids, and no one’s around. And he’s basing on the edge of some the cliff and he has to catch everyone if they begin to go off the cliff.

In the beginning of Catcher in the Rye, the book takes steps and the forces of change take a toll on Holden’s childish methods. In the end, he seems to be changed into a guy. Holden is immature in the start of the book. He calls almost everyone he meets as a phony. Holden feels that he is surrounded by hypocrites and phony people. Principal Thurmer,, Pencey, was the start of this charade. Principal Thurmer only said hey there to the wealthy moms and dads of trainees. For that reason he is a phony for doing so. Holden does not maintain duty throughout the whole book. He was the equipment manager of the fencing group at Pencey, and ended up losing all the equipment on the train. He likewise stopped working out of 2 schools because he didn’t give effort and disappointing up for classes. Holden likewise had a vision about two children who never ever grew and they lived remain in a best world. This happened due to the fact that his younger bro Allie died. Holden needs to get over Allie to keep his sanity. Holden life revolves around youth, which reveals all the time. His love for children programs why he cares so much for Phoebe, And why he can’t overcome his dead younger bro.

In the middle of the book, Holden is waiting for an old buddy of his, he had the abrupt feel to go to a museum that he would go to while still a child in school so he could bring back memories of his youth. When Holden reached the museum, he chose not to. “Then a funny thing took place. When I got to the museum, all of a sudden I would not have actually gone inside for a million bucks. It simply didn’t attract me …” (122) This shows that Holden is becoming an adult. Holden did not wish to enter the museum due to the fact that he understood that he was too old to do so. When Holden takes his sister Phoebe to the carousel later in the book, he decided not to ride on it, and even stand on it throughout a rainstorm, he felt too old to get on. Holden also had another one of his kiddish fantasies for his future. Holden wished to go and be a deaf mute someplace in the west, so he wouldn’t have to deal with all the phonies and hypocrites. Phoebe stated to Holden that she wished to choose him, however he denies her due to the fact that of his duty s as an adult. He told her, “I’m not disappearing anywhere. I changed my mind.” (207 )

At the end of the book, Holden seems to be more mature. One step was when Holden did not go on the carousel with phoebe. In the center of the carousel, there was a gold ring. The kids riding on the carousel would have to reach it to get a prize”All the kids kept attempting to grab for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she ‘d fall off the goddam horse, however I didn’t say anything or do anything. The important things with kids is, if they wish to grab for the gold ring, you need to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, however it’s bad if you state anything to them.”( 211) This carousel reveals life, and life from youth to adulthood. Kids would in some cases fall when trying to reach the gold ring in the center of life, or their complete success or their adult years. Holden would have shouted out to the kids that it was dangerous to attempt to accomplish this objective. Throughout the book, Holden attempts to not mature and lose his child innocence, however when Holden attempted to attempt it did nothing for him in general and ended up making his condition worst. This shows that you can’t require things to happen you have to simply let it take place.