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Living in a fantasy is a theme which many writers of novels songs movies etc use Holden Caulfield Neil Youngs song Sugar Mountain Jay Gatsby all exhibit a form of fantasy Holden doesnt want to let go of his childhood and refuses to acknowledge hes growing up In Sugar Mountain Neil Young describes what its like to be young and the feeling you get when you realize your childhood is gone Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby has a dream to be with someone which can never happen All of them live in some sort of fantasy Holden Caulfield does not want to accept the fact that hes growing up He tries to be mature by doing adult things like hiring a prostitute and somewhat proposing to a girl he describes as a royal pain in the ass but these dont make him an adult Holden wants to stay in his childhood state by living it out through others When asked what he would like to be he says What I have to do I have to catch children if they start to go over the cliff This fantasy of his is to try to stop children from growing up because he cannot stop himself from growing up is what he actually wants to do for the rest of his life Holden cant get past the fact that this is merely an illusion Neil Youngs Sugar Mountain talks about how you cant live in childhood forever The stanzas describe several points of someones childhood at different stages The last stanza stating Now you say youre leavin homeWhen youre findin out its real describes the state of going from childhood to adulthood At the end of The Catcher in the Rye Holden is near this stage of life but refuses to get there The chorus of the song means you cant be an adult and still live on sugar mountain meaning the sate of childhood Neil
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