The Crisis of Adolescence in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye


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The Crisis of Adolescence in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
Writing about “life experiences” from the perspective of a high-school student is problematic for the obvious reason that the amount of experience most students like myself have accumulated is minimal (at least compared with most adults). However, this particular teenager is well aware of how difficult and confusing adolescence can be. For example, I find it extremely hard to stay focused on my studies, familial obligations, and career goals when sexual thoughts and feelings take over, as they often do. It is natural, then, that I would identify with the Holden Caulfield character in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, who likewise finds himself in a state of confusion and...
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