Maturity in the Catcher in the Rye Maturity is a process in life that normally nobody can flee from. The unique the Catcher in the Rye, by J. D Salinger, tries to disprove that lesson through its protagonist.
Holden often behaves like a prophet or a saint, mentioning the “phonies” around him since he believes they are not as mature as he is, but as the unique advances, Holden chooses that prevents him from growing rather than enabling him to develop. Holden’s mail goal is to resist the procedure of growing up. Holden likewise buffoons the grownups around him to make him feel better.
To cope with society, Holden alienates himself from the people he thinks about “phonies”. Usually, books such as The Catcher in the Rye tell the story of a young protagonist’s growth to maturity; ironically, Holden’s primary goal is to resist the procedure of maturity. Holden does not wish to mature because he fears modification and is overwhelmed by intricacy. On page 201 of the novel, Holden says “Somebody ‘d composed ‘fuck you’ on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and finally some filthy kid would inform them”.
This quote reveals that Holden is afraid and anxious about Phoebe maturing. Ultimately, Phoebe will discover what the word suggests similar to Holden did. There is no stopping the process however Holden erases the indication anyways to signify his determination. He does ultimately recognize that he can not stop the process when he attempts to eliminate another sign that does not come off. Not only is Holden afraid of change, however he refuses to acknowledge this worry so whenever he is required to, he creates a dream that adulthood is a world of “phonies”. Holden reveals this when he says “Sex is something I simply don’t comprehend.
I swear to God I do not” on page 93. Rather of acknowledging that having sex scares and mystifies him, Holden invents a fantasy that adulthood is a world of superficiality and hypocrisy by informing the readers horrible features of sex. The first step to fixing a problem is confessing that there is one. Holden does not even understand he has a problem let alone confessing. At the end of the novel, Holden does nevertheless find out that he has an issue but he still does not wish to admit it which suggests that he is still trying to accomplish is goal and thinks that one day he will attain it.
Holden’s view of society shows that Holden only points out the phonies around him to make him feel much better, yet he does not recognize that he is flawed. Through out the novel, Holden slam grownups behind his smiles since it makes him feel remarkable without having the sense of guilt since the adults does not understand. This is shown when Holden vents his sensations about Spencer’s advice. On page 8 he states “Video game, my ass. Some video game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right– I’ll confess that. But if you get on the opposite, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it?
Nothing. No game. “. Concealing behind Holden’s nodding and smiling is himself cursing and buffooning Spencer. While Spencer is attempting to tell Holden the value of playing by the guidelines, Holden mocks his example instead of taking a look at the main point which shows that he doesn’t really care about what Spencer needs to say although it has actually been developed that Holden considers Spencer quite a lot. Every time Holden criticises the “phonies” around him, he criticises them in a manner that persuades the reader that he is best to develop his self esteem.
This is revealed when Holden says “Then I tried to get them in a little intelligent conversation, however it was almost impossible. You needed to twist their arms. You might hardly tell which one was the stupidest of the three of them. Then the three of them of them kept looking all around the goddam space, like as if they expect a flock of goddam movie stars to come in any minute.” On page 73. Holden thinks that the 3 women were looking around the space due to the fact that they are dumb, but he does rule out the truth that the 3 females were looking around the space since they were bored of him and wanted him to disappear.
Holden makes a statement that can be quickly argued into a real reality that is written in stone and can not be erased by using slang and the special intonation he has. It makes whatever he criticises appear true which makes himself feel much better. Holden needs to recognize that his view of society is wrong which children will need to grow up which there is no chance to stop it. Holden states on page 119 “God, I like it when a kid’s good and courteous when you tighten their skate for them or something. Most kids are. They really are” due to the fact that he loves kids. Throughout the novel, Holden has never ever criticised, offend or cursed at children.
He always says great features of them. This is because he likes kids and he does not desire children to mature into young people. On the contrary, Holden’s view of an ideal youth is as incorrect as his view of the adult world as entirely “phoney,” and just helps Holden hide from the reality that the complex problems he will have to face in maturing terrify him. This form of delusional insaneness can just last so long. Holden will ultimately mature, whether he likes it or not. Mr. Antolini and Phoebe both make it clear that unless he learns to accept the intricacies of their adult years, he will wind up, at best, bitter and alone.
To cope with society and the adult world, Holden alienates himself from individuals he considers “phonies” so that he will be able to resist growing up. Throughout the unique it is seen that Holden’s alienation is the cause of the majority of his pain however it is also a source of Holden’s strength. This is revealed when His isolation gets him into his date with Sally Hayes, however his requirement for isolation triggers him to insult her and drive her away. As the novel progresses it shows that Holden frantically requires human contact but his protective wall of bitterness avoids him from having interactions with other people for too long.
He wants to have a relationship however he does not wish to dedicate to it since he understands that when he does devote to a relationship, he will turn into an adult and live an adult life. That is why he informs Sally Hayes to run away with him. Holden does not wish to handle the intricacies of the world around him so he attempts to leave it to withstand the procedure of maturing. Holden attempts to get away the adult world by not thinking of it and imagining a world where absolutely nothing modifications.
But when Holden goes to the Museum of Nature, it gives him something to think of. He states “The best thing, though, because museum was that whatever constantly stayed right where it was. Nobody ‘d move … No one ‘d be various. The only thing that would be various would be you.” (page212) The Eskimos are quiet, and constantly the very same. Holden can think of and judge the Eskimo in the screen case, however the Eskimo will never judge him back. It difficulties him that he has changed each time he returns, while the museum’s screens never ever modifications.
They represent the easy and workable vision of the perfect life that Holden wishes he might live and stay in permanently. After reading the novel, readers find out that although Holden goal is insane, in the end he has excellent determination. Readers observe that at the end of the unique, Holden has not altered. He still attempts to withstand growing up, he still buffoons individuals he thinks about phonies, and he still alienates himself from individuals he thinks about “phonies”. Holden’s character is extremely unusual however it teaches readers about maturity and how difficult it is to not grow up.