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Adolescence is the most awkward time in ones life Teens are on the brink of adulthood but not yet fully emotionally developed They experiment with dangerous substances such as drinking smoking and sex in order to test their boundaries as individuals in society Most of ones early life is spent being protected from the real world but inevitably the real world works its way into ones consciousness Everyone experiences a day when they wake up and the Easter Bunny does not exist Santa Clause is not real and grandma did not just move away Teens question everything because they feel like they have been lied to all their lives In many respects Holden Caulfield embodies the internal conflicts of every teenager Three specific examples that I personally identify with are Holdens struggle to find himself his need for comfort and love and his attitude toward the real world Growing up is a major theme in JD Salingers The Catcher in The Rye Holden like most teens wants the privileges of adulthood but not the responsibility Many teens think that because they swear drink or have sex that they are mature Holden thinks exactely in this scheme I kept sitting there getting drunk p 149 Having a few drinks is a typical so teens think adult behavior On the other hand when Holden all of the sudden started to cry and he couldnt help it p 179 was not so typical for an adult behavior But Holden although he wants to hide it a very emotional person At the beginnen when he describes Jane he is describing her very sensetive Ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row p 34 He likes the detail he tries not to be like the others He tries to be unusual Maybe one mor reason for he sensivity is his sad childhood His brother Allie died when he was very young And Holden adored
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