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Analysis On Holden

  • Submitted by: kerheaume
  • on March 2, 2011
  • Category: English
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Kelsey Rheaume-Fox
Human Services
Book Report

Childhood brings innocence, Adulthood brings Phoniness.

      Why is it that the older a person gets the younger they want to be? In some cases, it may be that you want to be younger due to fewer responsibilities, or it even may be because of your personal appearance. Well in the book “the catcher in the rye” a young man named Holden tells how he suffers from the social life and society today.   As Holden grows up to be a young man, he wants to be young again because he values the thought of youth and innocence. He believes that growing up brings phoniness and change. Holden doesn’t like change; he’s not up for changing himself for other people’s approval like most of our society. In chapter 16, Holden states “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. . . . Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.” meaning Holden feels comfortable with his past; childhood brings innocence, adulthood brings phoniness.
Holden’s childhood was simple; as if nothing could ever go wrong. Holden grew up with two brothers named D.B and Allie. He also has a sister named phoebe, she’s the youngest. Although, Holden was closest with Allie; Allie eventually ended up dyeing from leukemia, allies’ death triggered most of Holden’s depression as he got older. No matter what is going on in the world, children wouldn’t have a clue as to what was really going on; Holden is jealous of that because children are able to be so care-free, and in adulthood people have such higher expectations.
Most people can predict why Holden may believe in this theory seeming how once he headed into his teenage years he began to fail more. He moved from school to school, due to his constant failure in his classes and failing to pursue everything he should be able to do as a student; Holden does not apply himself in school. Holden believes he is surrounded by all of...

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