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Childish in the Beginning Mature by the End No one is born mature We are all imature at one stage of our life and many of us grow up at one point or another Maturity is a big theme in the book The Catcher in the Rye I think many people are immature for different reasons there could be a tragedy in the family that affects you in that way or maybe a certain event that was very important to you There are many ways that Holden is immature in the book For example one way Holden is immature is how he avoids Mr Spencers lecture by lying to him When someone is mature enough they dont avoid and ignore people who try to help them Holden is just avoiding his problems that is not a mature thing to do In addition Holden trys to punch Stradlater because he wouldnt tell him about the date with Jane but he misses and ends up getting punched Fighting over a girl is immature even more immature if you fight with one of your friends They should have settled it like mature men and talked it out Holden is very immature at this point of his life I think the death of Holdens brother Allie has a very big impact on his immaturity his brother died when Holden was young and I think he still acts very childish For example one way Holden is very childish is by going back home after he gets kicked out of his school again and not telling his parents about it That is something a little kid would do and not a mature person His brothers death could have caused Holden to stay at that age In addition Holden
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