Holden Caulfield and the Immaturity in Expressed in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield must not be allowed to reach an emancipated status due to his imbalanced thoughts, negligent method life, and bouts of depression. Mr. Caulfield does not have a stable lifestyle and is not fully grown enough to make his own decisions as a grownup should. He is concerned with minor products and does not appreciate his future. He is also unconcerned about his financial resources and is extremely impulsive; he does not appreciate the effects of his actions.

Mr. Caulfield is still a child, no matter how adult he wish to appear. His actions and ideas show him to be negligent and take unneeded dangers. He requires guidance to help him along, and needs to be shown how to behave and to conform to social standards as an average person should. He is really negligent, not recognizing threat when it is right in front of him, and annoying others, causing a circumstance to go from bad to even worse. “You’re an unclean idiot … and in about 2 years you’ll be on of those scraggy people that come near you on the street and ask for a penny for coffee.” (103) This is an ideal example of how Mr. Caulfield does not view threat and more incites the ire of others, even when they have the upper hand. He clearly does not understand that he can be harmed if he says things like this which his actions have repercussions.

Mr. Caulfield is strangely interested in the most unimportant of things. He is interested in where the ducks of main park enter the winter. He practically obsessively looks for the answer to this question. He reaches to ask a random taxi driver his concern. His mind is dedicated to finding the response to this plight, but he declines to use his intelligence on the topics in school? He refuses to touch his textbooks and master his studies, and does not care about his future. His ludicrous concept of a job is being a catcher of the rye, “I mean if they’re running and they do not look where they’re going I need to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I ‘d do throughout the day. I ‘d simply be the catcher in the rye and all.” (173) such ludicrous sentiments are something only seen in a child, not an adult.

Holden is completely unconcerned with is life. He does not think things through or acknowledge the repercussions of his action. He doesn’t understand effects of whatever he does and is economically incapable in buying, which all adults ought to be able to do. He is also, at moments, having bouts of anxiety. “Someone, some girl in an awful-looking hat, for example, comes all the method to New York … Radio City Music Hall; it makes me so depressed I can’t stand it. I’ve purchased the whole three of them a hundred beverages if only they had not informed me that.” (50) His fixation on insignificant things likewise reveals his immaturity in understanding. General Holden Caulfield is more child than adult, no matter how much he declares to not be immature.

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