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Post World War II America experienced an economic boom never before seen in the United States Despite this prosperity discontent and alienation were becoming a common experience for American youth JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye portrays its protagonist Holden Caulfield as a disenfranchised youth who can no longer function in the world in which he resides The novel became an instant success among young people The Catcher in the Ryes portrayal of a society that had become a moral and spiritual wasteland rang true for many young people So true for so many that the novel became a popular icon for the youth of the 50s and 60s The Catcher in the Rye shows that sex is another one of lifes beautiful things corrupted in this society Sex in the traditional sense is a physical expression of love by two consenting partners in a monogamous relationship None of the sexual encounters portrayed in The Catcher in the Rye meets any of these qualifications Holden is a virgin but his virginity is not due to lack opportunity According to Holden he has had quite a few opportunities to lose his virginity pg 92 Holden wants to have sex but he is unable to abandon his morals as he remarks when they tell me to stop I stop pg 92 Holdens morals are put to the test when he has an opportunity to have sex with a prostitute When the prostitute undresses sexy was about the last thing he was feeling pg 95 so Holden asks to prostitute to leave Stradlater Holdens roommate at Pencey Prep is known for his sexual exploits When his dates asked him to stop pleasepg 49 Stradlater would ignore their initial pleas and he would eventually wear them down until they were willing to have sex Stradlaters actions demonstrate that he perceives sex strictly as a means of physical gratification Carl Luce another friend of Holdens coldly
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