Holden Caulfield in "Catcher in the Rye" as the typical teenager of today

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"The Catcher in the Rye" - Essay

The book titled "The Catcher in the Rye" is written by J.D Salinger from the perspective of a teenager, Holden Caulfield, who expresses his views on 1950's American culture and society.

In some aspects, Holden's actions such as fighting, smoking and dropping out of school are against the expectations of adults to whom these behaviors are part of the youth culture and still prevalent today as most of teenagers will just smoke cigarettes to pretend they are adults in order to rebel what they are prohibited to do. Holden goes to the Lavender Room, and orders "Scotch and soda" (69) although he prefers the company of adults "Would any of you girls care to dance?"(70) but they don't take him seriously and just ignore him "they started giggling some more" (70). Finally one of them gets up to dance with Holden but doesn't any pay attention to him "she wasn't listening to me, even.

Her mind was wandering all over the place" (71) and when the girl asks him about his age he says "I'm twelve, for Chrissake, I'm big for my age" (72). In general parents would like teenagers act to like them such as getting job or go to school but society's conducts and the rules prevent them which from doing this to lie about their age.

Holden Caulfield has a complex personality which makes the character so human. He is obviously in love with Jane and even fights with Stradlater, his roommate because of that but he goes on a date with Sally and to says "I told her I loved her and all" (124). It's an attitude that relate to all teenagers who they easily impress in a situations as Holden recommends to Sally...