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JD Salingers novel The Catcher in the Rye depicts life in the fifties as seen through the eyes of a disillusioned teenager There is a vast difference between the life of a real 1950s family and that of a typical family portrayed through the television sitcoms of the day The Catcher in the Rye is filled with examples that demonstrate how different real societies are In the fifties quaint and perfect families dominated television home-life The mother or house-wife on television was always perfect She would always don a housedress frilly apron and four-inch high heels all this along with her perfect makeup and hair You could always count on your TV mom to be up at the crack of dawn to make your breakfast It would typically consist of eggs sunny side up of course sausages bacon toast orange juice and of course the fresh piping hot pot of coffee for TV dad well get to him later She would always have the paper ready on the kitchen table for dad and the kids well get to them too lunches would always be ready When it came time for the children to go off to school and dad to work mom would always be waiting at the front door She would give the children their lunches and a kiss on the cheek and give dad his briefcase a peck on the lips and a fond wave goodbye Real life moms were never quite that perky For instance when Holden was on the train he bumped into Ernie Morrows mom She had been to a party alone no less which was a no-no for TV mothers She had these orchids on like shed just been to a big party or something70 She struck up a conversation with Holden and he proceeded to lie to her about her own son Lying that much was not something you would have likely seen very often on
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