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Holden Caulfield Not a typical teenager In JD Salingers The Catcher and the Rye a young boy struggles through his teenage years Some commentators have argued that Holden Caulfield is a typical sixteen-year-old I disagree with that statement and believe Holden was far from a normal teen He showed several traits of a troubled child and went through many hard times Holden is a troubled and unreliable teenager First of all he fails out of four schools Not many typical sixteen-year-olds flunk out of four schools Holden shows complete apathy toward his future as well He has no plans for his life and could care less about what happens to him Holden should be concerned for his future developing ideas for his life Most teens of his age are beginning to plan their future and have ideas for college None of this ever crosses his mind Holden is hospitalized and is visited by a psychoanalyst for an unspecified complaint At his age this seems very strange unlike a typical teenager Sometimes problems do occur but a typical teenage life does not consist of this With all that has occurred in school at home and in Holdens mind I dont see how anyone can say he is a typical sixteen-year-old Having fun and enjoying life is what most normal sixteen-year-olds should do The most noticeable of Holdens peculiarities is how extremely judgmental he is of almost everything and everybody He criticizes and philosophizes about people who are boring people who are insecure and above all people who are phony Holden carries this penchant for passing judgment to such an extreme that it often becomes funny Once he speculates that Page 2 people are so rude that someone will probably write obscene words on his tombstone No human being would ever write such things on someones grave Holden thinks the worst of everyone he meets and never
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