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The Novel The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger is thought to be a controversial book by many but at the same time has appealed to a countless number of readers in the past fifty years Holden Caulfield the narrator and protagonist of the story brings the reader to experience the world through his eyes Although Holden is extremely cynical and judgmental of nearly everything and everyone there is much value in what he has to say Holden forces the reader to see the world in a different light He expresses and evokes various issues themes and emotions that are associated with growing up One aspect that occurs constantly throughout the course of the book is the idea of change Holden is in the middle of dealing with the stresses that accompany the transformation from childhood into adulthood Adolescence is a difficult and awkward time for everyone but Holden does not want to surpass it He does not want to enter the phony world of adulthood Since Holden is afraid to face change he finds much comfort in the Museum of Natural History He refers to the museum numerous times throughout the book and it becomes clear that it is a comfort zone for Holden The best thing though in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was Nobodyd move 121 The museum represents what Holden thinks to be as an ideal world It is a simple world that will be frozen in the same place forever and is easy to understand Holden realizes that change is inevitable and it is impossible to avoid Holden becomes depressed when he returns to the museum because he sees that the exhibits are still the same but he is not the same person as he was when he last saw them One of the main reasons Holden does not want to experience the change that accompany the process of growing up is because he
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