He does not even call his parents after getting kicked out of Pencey. Holden does not want to grow up because of the loss of innocence that occurs with growing up. He always praises little kids and the purity. He wants to be the catcher in the rye for children so that they do not fall off cliff and lose their innocence. Holden sees that the adult world is full of phonies and even says his own brother is phony so he does not want to grow up.
The change of becoming an adult mortifies Holden, so he does everything possible to hold on to his child innocence. Throughout the book, many challenges face Holden that keep him from holding onto this innocence. As he sees the adult world is “phony” and superficial, Holden believes that the world is a corrupt place.
J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye exposes the main character, Holden Caulfield, to the adult world; a world in which Holden does not want to believe in. Faced with many obstacles, Holden is forced to enter into an adult-like state of mind, something in which he can not manage on his own. Holden’s many failures, including, his relationships with others and getting kicked out of multiple prep schools greatly contribute to his longing to remain a child. Holden states once on a museum trip that, “Certain things they should stay the way they are.
And with Holden calling every adult or peer a "phony" the audience sees both Holden's hate for the world he has to grow into and his love for the world and bond with children-with purity. Thus, Holden feels obligated to be the keeper of this purity: "I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all" (173). Holden can't see himself holding any real profession, but he has found a "self"-defined duty to keep children running in the fields and not growing up. Holden wants children to live out their life of innocence and be natural, so they don't see the real world that he, himself, has been trying to avoid.
It wouldn't come off. It's hopeless, anyway. If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the "Fuck you" signs in the world. It's impossible.” (25,18) Holden tends to not to have enamour about the actions th... ... middle of paper ... ...ple out there that still have innocence left in them and he is willing to do anything to “save them.” To Holden, adults are phonies and children have too much going for them to waste it on sin and redemption. In The Catcher In The Rye, Holden encounters and experiences many different actions taking place that he himself does not understand.
“Don’t tell people what you are thinking, or you will miss them terribly when you are away” (Salinger 214) says Holden Caulfeild as he warns the world. Salingers novel pinpoints the many fears and phobias of growing up from an immature, pessimistic, “everybody’s a goddam phony” perspective that makes it relate-able to young transitioning teenagers. Salinger's Caulfeild is afraid of growing up and the unknown prospects of entering the adult world after experiencing a life changing event. Holden, clinging to his innocence, most importantly learns how the Phony adult world not only treats people like HC poorly, but it kills them. Salingers Novel is told in first person perspective by a seventeen year old Holden Coufeild who longs for the attention and care of those around him subconsciously.
The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it is bad to say anything to them.” This shows Holden’s affection for kids he doesn’t talk about anyone this way in the entire book, so you can see that Holden does alienate himself from everybody but
He does not play with him, laugh with him and most importantly love him. Mirroring what Sigmund Freud so rightly says, Hooper, not being properly loved or looked after for by his own father, not having a mother anymore, does not receive all the needed attention. He cannot become a man, himself, capable of loving in return if that is something he has never experienced. In ‘I’m the King of the Castle’, Susan Hill shows the cruelty of children despite parental belief that hatred at such young ages is impossible, yet she explains this behaviour by unhealthy and disorderly pasts because of foolish, ignorant parents. When the reader first encounters Hooper in the novel, a certain sense of pity can be felt for him as they find out about, not only the death of both his grandparents, but also of his mother, six years previously.
Growing up is something that everyone experiences, and along with growing up comes the loss of innocence. In J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield wishes to be the “catcher in the rye” so that he can preserve the innocence of individuals. As Holden travels the streets of New York City, he realizes how ugly the adult world really is. As a troubled teenage boy, Holden does not want to grow up but soon concludes that he cannot stop himself from this process. Because of Holden’s belief that the adult world is full of phonies, his brother Allie’s death, and the loss of his own innocence, Holden feels compelled to protect the innocence of the people around him.
Although Holden dislikes adulthood, he ordinarily tries to act and behave at an older age when talking to women. Conceivably, Holden feels he cannot be a successful adult because he abhors adulthood and wants people to empathize him and listen to his story. Life is a process that riddles with flaws from childhood to the complexities of adulthood. Salinger highlights that the perception of growing up is incessantly unbearable in a society that does not allot solidity and values to the youth. Holden fears of growing up and hates the real world because he is afraid of being alone and ostracize from society.