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In JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye the behaviour and attitudes displayed by Holden Caulfield the novels protagonist do much to bolster an unflattering stereotype of the contemporary North American teenager What is the stereotype of the contemporary North American teenager Is it someone who follows the rules and doesnt go against authority or is it someone who is trying to find their place in the world They have poor relationships with their parents and parents who do not seem to worry about their school grades Holdens parents in Salingers novel seem almost non-existent Another characteristic they possess is that they do not accept change Lastly they use excessive profanity in their vocabulary and participate in inappropriate activities Holden displays all of those behaviours and attitudes in Salingers novel After primary school Holden has been sent to prep school after prep school The reason is attributed to him dropping out continuously This could be seen as a call for attention from his parents It also shows that his parents do not really care about his achievements in school In the scene where Holden sneaks into his familys apartment to visit his sister Phoebe it demonstrates the absentness of his parents At a time when he needed someone to talk to and confide in his parents were not even home When they did come home and his mother smelt the cigarette smoke in Phoebes room she did not really show any concern when Phoebe claimed she had lit it Holden is not open to change and is not prepared for it The museums displays are appealing to him because they are always frozen and unchanging He mentions that he is troubled by the fact that every time he returns to the museum he has changed The museum also represents the world Holden wishes to live in It is a world where nothing ever changes where everything is simple understandable and infinite Holden is
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