Alcohol, Sex, and Violence in Catcher in the Rye

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How Holden Deals With Alcohol, Sex, and Violence in Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, depicts how a lonely teenager,

Holden Caulfield, deals with alcohol, sex, and violence. Teenagers must also

deal with these problems daily.

Alcohol is very predominate throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye.

Alcoholic beverages are a readily available, and relatively inexpensive for

minors to get. Over the past couple of years, teenage consumption of alcohol

has risen dramatically. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

states that more than 1.3 million teenagers have a drinking problem. The

National Institute also reports that the reason for underage teenage drinking is

they believe in a mixture of rebellion towards their parents and a sign of

maturity. Another reason for teenage drinking is it represents a daring gesture.

According to Dr. Joseph Franklin, "The way drinking starts is, one kid dares

another kid to take a drink of alcohol, and the kid doesn't want his friends to

think he is a coward so he does. Then the rest of them follow."

In the book, Between Parent and Teenager, it states the substance abuse

is the number one cause of death amongst teenagers. Studies show that among

high school students age 14 - 17, 60% of the students use alcohol once a week,

75% use it at least once a month, and 85% have used it once in the year.

In the novel, Holden Caulfield has very easy access to alcoholic

beverages. Throughout the novel, it seems that every time Holden gets depressed,

he turns towards alcohol. in Chapter 12, Holden is at Ernie's night club and he

got served even though he was only a minor. In Chapter 20, Holden gets drunk.

The way he acted when he was drunk shows how pathetic you are when you can not

function properly.

The next topic, sex, is a very common word nowadays. Sex is so common

it is on television screens, blown up on billboards, and used for commercial

enticement. It also seems that teenage men are purchasing cars and teenage girls

are receiving more freedom from their parental figures. A couple years back,

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the kid doesn't want his friends to take a drink of alcohol.
  • Explains that sex is a very common word nowadays.
  • Opines that whenever their son asks about sex, their face turns crimson and they avoid it.
  • Analyzes how he even has an opportunity for a prostitute to come to his house.
  • Opines that something, no matter where you go, you will still encounter it.
  • Opines that a way to keep violence down among teenagers is to tone down the blood.
  • Narrates how holden took a punch at him and stradlater jumped on him.
  • Narrates how the pimp showed up at holden's room.
  • Narrates how the pimp kept demanding the money.
  • Opines that children should be taught at an early age so that they won't make any bad or harsh mistakes.
  • Opines that there is no way to get rid of something that will always be around.
  • Explains that high school students age 14 - 17 use alcohol once a week, 75% at least once every month, and 85% have used it once in the year.
  • Analyzes how holden turns towards alcohol in chapter 12. he gets served at ernie's night club, even though he was only a minor.
  • Opines that women didn't have the same freedoms as they do today. there is a lack of parental supervision and kids are getting away with lots.
  • Explains that according to the search for structure, 53 % of the teenage boys were not virgins.
  • Analyzes how the character talks about how he or one of his friends did something to a girl. he talked about his neighbor several times in the novel.
  • Narrates how stradlater asked holden to write him a paper and he told him it was all wrong.
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