In the twenty first century many things have changed. Laws have become stricter, medical science has advanced and schools have changed teaching styles for the better. Holden the main character in “The Catcher in the Rye” would not have been a role model if he lived today. Although the times were different and a lot of things slipped through the cracks his actions would not have been acceptable today. There are many reasons Holden is a very poor role model. People can see this through; his academics, his social life and lastly his habits. In his academics he does very poorly and does not apply himself (he failed out of four schools). His social life is the same, when meeting people he does not make an effort to get to know them or understand where they are coming from. This trait is demonstrated tremendously in the last few chapters. Lastly his habits are very disgusting, some could call him an alcoholic because he drinks almost every night he is New York City. Also he is a smoker which is very bad considering he was just getting over a horrible sickness. Although Holden’s actions were very inappropriate being kid if he was an adult back then that would have been normal for him to be going out every night and smoking.
Holden’s academics are very present in the first few chapters when he is explaining how his high school career has gone so far. He has failed out of many schools. "Well. . . they'll be pretty irritated about it," I said. "They really will. This is about the fourth school I've gone to.” By failing out of four schools it shows how we should not follow Holden. Furthermore he did not apply himself or even try to do his work. “I can't seem to get very interested in them although your lectures...
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...nts this is showing that he has no sense of kindness because when somebody buys you a present that is showing that they care about you.
Holden a character in “The Catcher in the Rye” would not have been a role model if he lived today. Although the times were different and a lot of things slipped through the cracks his actions would not have been acceptable today. By the facts above it is proof how Holden’s action or personality should not be followed. People in todays day and age want to do well in life not fail out of four schools and have no friends. People even if they did try they could not do some of the stuff that Holden did because society protects kids a lot more than in the past. Holden is not a good role model yet a bad one that should be shown for that fact.
Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.
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