From the minute one is born until moment they die one is going through a process, the process of growing up. Growing up cannot be prevented or halted and must occur in order for one to become who they ought to be. This process is one in which maturation and realization develops and grows physically, mentally, and emotionally. In J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield discusses his journey from the inside of an insane asylum. As most he holds a fear. His fear is of seeing the innocence and purity of childhood lost. This fear allows him to realize the painfulness of his growing up, the phoniness of the cruel adult world, and the path in which he wants his life to follow. These realizations develop from his lying and deception, his fear of relationships and intimacy, and his self imposed loneliness.
Growing up is hard to do. There is no set route and countless decisions to be made which lead to the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unfortunately one cannot have only the good and more often than not has more of the bad and ugly. Holden himself saw the bad and the ugly at a very young age and it is this that makes such an impact on the personality he maintains while telling his story. At the age of eleven he lost his childhood innocence and was thrown into the cruel adult world. He experienced death and rage, two things a child should not have to live through. If a child were to experience death it should be that of a parent or grandparent. Someone who has had time to live through life and experience its good and bad. Not that of another child, especially not that of a younger sibling. Holden lost his inspiration and role model, Allie may have only been nine, but he set the example Holden wanted to live up to.
What is life, besides the neighbors, pool, community gardens, and playgrounds? As a child this is all we see the world as. As we age and continue through the stages of preteen and adolescence we begin to view the...