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Accepting the World in Catcher in the Rye In Salingers Catcher in the Rye the reader is taken through a journey of a boy who has yet to become a man It also suggest that distorted adolescents can progress toward maturity as they reject the stability of isolation and accept themselves and the world despite obvious imperfections In Catcher in the Rye the 17- 19 year old narrator Holden illustrates that his mental state is distorted with depression fear of change and has death issues From the beginning of the book it is evident he has depression issues The first occurrence of depression begins on page seven when he goes to visit his old professor Mr Spencer who is sick This also illustrates Holdens issues with death and sickness It was pretty depressing Im not to crazy about sick people anyway Holden reveals his issues with change repeatedly throughout the book On page 121 Holden elaborates on the unchanging of the Natural History Museum which reveals the museum as a symbol of an unchanged environment Holden says that the best thing about the museum was that everything always stayed right where it was not the cool Eskimo sitting around a whole in the ice fishing or the Indians rubbing sticks together to make fire He does not seem to be interested in what the museum preserves but that it keeps everything the same each time he comes The only thing that would be different would be you In this same paragraph on page 121 Holden ties death and change together He further explains what would be different each time he would go He reveals that your age wouldnt differ but maybe the kid that was your partner in line the last time had got scarlet fever and youd have a new partner121 Further along in the book Holden begins to progress toward maturity The reader begins to see Holden let go of his unrealistic views
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