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Catcher in the Rye and Generation X Holden and Andy In the novelCatcher in the Rye the main character Holden has very definite views on sexuality aggression and death He is ambivalent towards sex loathsome of aggression and fearsome of death Its this triangle of sin that demonstrates the conflict occurring within Holdens inner monologue In the novelGeneration X the main character Andy is grappling with many of the same problems that Holden faced forty years earlier Even though the more modern society is different than forty years ago the same general issues still haunt Andy today with many parallels to Holdens coming-of-age issues With such a dead-end vision of the trap of adulthood and marriage it isnt very surprising that Holden is scared of being initiated into the most involving form of relationship--sex In a society where human relationships are affected by marketplace values like status and appearance which commodify people rather than accepting them Holden is seeking a deeper more real relationship with someone probably anyone who understands him and will accept him Holden doesnt like to see people hurting He explains when he says that he would like to be a catcher in the rye someone who protects children from the pitfalls of hypocrisy and lies that Holden seems to think infect the adult world As a result Holden is very careful not to use other characters as a means for his own ends In many ways he is unable to deflect the unexpressed pressures that every teen male feels to have sex He is offered the teenage dream of sex in a non-responsible situation when Maurice the elevator operator in his hotel offers to set him up with a hooker Holden jumps at the chance but when confronted with the reality of the situation feels horrible and ends up not touching the hooker Pure sex like many other societal myths is a romantic place that Holden wants to believe exists but
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