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The Catcher in the Rye by JDSalinger is a book that ventures into the mind of a confused neglected 16 year old boy called Holden Caulfield as he runs away from conformity endeavoring to find his place and meaning in life The story of Holden is depressing and sad as you witness the triumphs and ordeals that approach him Holden confronts many difficulties coping in a society in which he does not fit Instead he is left out of the crowd as a phony In most of Holdens ordeals a common issue in our society and in the book is revealed through the life of Holden The theme of searching for identity is one that I believe exists in todays society relating to social problems exclusion and depression What does identity include This same question is asked every day by thousands of people who dont know the answer An individuals identity can be seen through their religious beliefs sexuality personality acceptance and where you belong All these are key issues that play a major role in this situation especially personality and sexuality as they determine if you are accepted by the people around you When this novel was written in 1945 homosexuality was a major issue in peoples lives It was classified and looked on as a way to define and categorize Christianity and other religions The novel demonstrates the importance of ones sexuality Holden in my opinion is bisexual as he has mixed up thoughts of both genders He went of his room with his toilet kit under his arm No shirt on or anything He always walked around in his bare torso because he thought he had a god dam build He did too I have to admit it pg22 Strandlater was a very sexy bastard pg28 Phonies which is almost certainly the most prominent expression from Catcher in the Rye is one of Holdens most favorite concepts when ever
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