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Make Up Your OWN Mind Have you ever been left out of the loop Read on Consider the following you have no friends and your values have no place in modern society This is one of the most common occurrences today and can affect anyone Being in this situation makes you an outsider This can be a lifestyle choice or be forced upon an individual An outsider is now more commonly referred to as a loner As harsh as it may seem there is some truth to the meaning Not only do you have no friends it is not possible to gain anything by venturing into society I myself have felt this feeling not being accepted by peer groups and being picked on for being different But what is different Isnt everyone different Everyone has different opinions so it is very hard to give a truly universal definition to the term outsider By examining different characters from a variety of sources we can gain a greater understanding of the outsider and its relevance to todays society One character who makes himself sound like he enjoys being an outsider is Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye He has very few friends he is on the verge on insanity and he believes in concepts that are too outlandish for society One of these is the idea of being a catcher in the rye This idea suggests that children fall of a cliff symbolizing childhood into the dark abyss adulthood Holden wants to be the one who prevents them from doing so thus preventing them from growing up I believe this to one of the most unusual and insane prospects ever Not only is it not possible it is extremely short sighted Holden does not see the big picture he doesnt realise he cannot prevent children from maturing into adults His views on phonies demonstrate his wishes to remain as a child rather than become
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