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Holden Caulfield portrayed in the JD Salinger novel Catcher in the Rye as an adolescent struggling to find his own identity possesses many characteristics that easily link him to the typical teenager living today The fact that they book was written more than forty years ago clearly exemplifies the saying boys will be boys no matter what period of time is taking place Holdens actions are those that any teenage can clearly relate with The desire for independence the sexually related encounters the questioning of ones religion the individual view of the world as a whole the language and dealing with teenage pressures such as drinking and smoking are issues that almost all teens have had or will have to deal with in their adolescent years Thusly this novel and its main characters experiences can easily be related to and will forever link Holden with every member of society because everyone was or will be a teenThe first and most obvious characteristic found in most teens including Holden would be the desire for independence Throughout the novel Holden is not once wishing to have his parents help in any way He has practically lived his entire life in dorms at prestigious schools and has learned quite well how to be on his own This tendency of teenagers took place even in ancient history where the freshly developed teen opts to leave the cave and hunt for his own food Kegel 54 Every teenager tries in his or her own way to be independent Instead of admitting to ones parents of a wrongful deed the teen tries covering up the mistake or avoiding it in hopes that they wont get in any trouble They feel that they have enough intelligence to think through a problem without going to their parents for assistance When Holden hears the news that he has been expelled from Pency he concludes that his parents would not know of this for a
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