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The journey from childhood to adulthood is a complicated process In JD Salingers Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield goes on one such journey When Holden is introduced he seems to be idealistic and immature very childish As he goes through his journey he is exposed to the grown-up world however he is unable to grow up and incorporate himself into it While his journey is unsuccessful as he does not manage to grow up and become an adult he is successful in figuring out what it means to be an adult or child and finds his place between these two roles In summation Holden goes on a journey into the adult world attempts to grow up and though he fails he finds his place between childhood and adulthoodWhen Holdens character is first revealed he appears to be idealistic childish and immature The first sign of Holdens idealistic nature occurs when Holden calls his brother a prostitute 2 for writing movies in Hollywood Holden clearly thinks that his brother is a sellout for switching from book-writing to script-writing which showcases his idealism Holdens idealism is further revealed when he uses the word phony to describe people or even things He uses phony to categorize things that are conformist or otherwise against his ideals which is very idealistic As Holdens personality is further detailed his childish nature surfaces as well As Holden leaves Pencey he loudly exclaims Sleep tight ya morons 52 Holdens rude emotional outburst was not only inconsiderate but intentional He angrily lashes out at innocent people while his true anger was with himself and with Stradlater Holdens lack of emotional control is a classic sign of a childish character Holdens immaturity is also a defining part of his character Hey I got a flit for you 144 and Whatre you majoring in Perverts 144 are just some examples of Holdens immature character His judgement of the man he calls a flit is entirely
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