The Valuable Lessons on the Journey of Maturity in The Catcher in the Rye, a Novel by J. D. Salinger

The Worths of Holden’s Journey

“Maturity comes from experience, not age” (Ziad K. Abdelnour). The coming of age story, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger takes some of life’s most important lessons like conquering difficulties and the journey of maturity and covers them all up into one book. Holden Caulfield sustains more than a lot of kids his age would in one weekend. Instead of heading home after his expulsion from prep school, he goes into New York City for a couple of days. There, he tries to reconnect with old buddies and he goes places that evoke old memories. He likewise discovers himself caught in some tough circumstances where he comes face to face with his values. Each of these circumstances teaches him something that he will later on take advantage of. When Holden is forced to go back and assess what took place, he finally discovers the lessons that he did not see at the time. Holden understands that he shouldn’t take things for given while discovering more about himself and his moral compass.

Prior to Holden leaves Pencey, he goes to bid farewell to his instructor, Mr. Spencer, who attempts to alert him about his future.

“Do you feel definitely no concern for your future, kid?”

“Oh, I feel some concern for my future, all right. Sure. Sure, I do.”

I considered it for a minute. “However not too much, I guess.”

” […] You will, kid. You will when it’s far too late.” (Salinger 20)

Mr. Spencer is among numerous who tries to warn Holden about this hole he’s digging for himself. If he continues in this manner, he’s putting his future in jeopardy. Holden’s instructor worries Holden will realize his mistake far too late and won’t have the ability to repair it. Holden is taking his education at Pencey for granted but he does not see it that method. At the time, Holden is not able to understand the complete significance of what his teacher is trying to tell him. However, when Holden finally gets assistance, he is able to lastly take in not only what occurred that weekend, including his conversation with Mr. Spencer. “D.B. asked me what I thought of all this stuff I just completed telling you about. I didn’t understand what the hell to state … About all I know is, I arrange of miss out on everyone I told about”. A running style throughout Holden’s story is taking things for approved. Holden says he misses everybody he talked about which ties into that theme. In a way, he took their business for approved, only to recognize that once he lastly gets assistance. A lesson that Holden most likely gains from this reflection and awareness is to not take things for approved.

Throughout Holden’s time in New york city, he discovers more about himself and his morals. When Holden is presented with the opportunity to have a prostitute consult with him, he is faced with his morals about respect along with his “sex guidelines”. “‘Look,’ I said. ‘I don’t feel quite like myself tonight. I’ve had a rough night. Truthful to God. I’ll pay for you and all, however do you mind very much if we don’t do it?’ […] The trouble was, I just didn’t want to do it”. When the alternative originally was provided to Holden, he leapt at the opportunity to take it, wanting to get “practice” in. However, when the time concerned truly carry out his intent, he rescinded and does not follow through with what he stated he would do. Holden chose not to follow through because it would go against his values to get intimate with a woman without caring for her. When he is in the sanitarium Holden concerns understand that not following through is something he has a tendency of doing.He discusses this when among his psychoanalysts asks himabout school. “I indicate how do you know what you’re going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t. I think I am, but how do I understand?”. Holden finds out by reflecting on his experiences that a person can not always know for sure what they will do or how they will respond in a given scenario, just as he believed that he would gain sexual experience from his time with the prostitute but when it came time to lastly doing it, he selected not to pursue the opportunity. He did not understand that he would respond this way when he at first accepted the deal. Holden learns by reviewing this particular experience that decisions can be made impulsively however his morals will constantly be something that impact decision making.

While Holden benefitsfrom assessing his own story, the reader can likewise benefit from seeing what he went through. I discovered that I was able to discover some of the same lessons that he did. For instance, it was simple to relate to Holden understanding he took some individuals who used to be in his life for approved when he starts to miss them. While I can not connect to the particular pain of requiring time for approved with people, I can associate with taking opportunities for approved. Assessing a few of my own individual experiences, there are some things I wish I had actually seized the opportunity and benefited from instead of letting the possibility pass me by. Nevertheless, as Holden had the ability to conclude, by thinking back on missed out on people in his case, you’ll wind up missing them. In my case, I wind up being sorry for the choice I made at the time. Leading into another lesson Holden discovered, you never ever know what choice you will make until the time concerns make it. This is an aspect that I see in daily life, making choices in the minute is necessary. No matter how much I prepare for something, it’s impossible to understand what I could choose in the minute. Overall, Holden’s lessons could not just be applied to his life after the sanitarium however they could be applied to the reader’s life also.

Holden’s weekend in New York was something he will hold onto for the rest of his life. Throughout those couple days, he learned more about himself and his morals. However, when he chose to get help at the psychological sanitarium, this is where Holden learned one of the most. Here, he invested adequate time reviewing the series of events that led him there. While in the starting it probably seemed like among the worst things to ever occur to him, the life lessons of adversity, morality and taking things for given will permanently be something Holden will hold onto. When he remained in New York, these lessons were unclear to him but once he could go back, away from his disorderly life, Holden isable to see what individuals were attempting to teach him. By checking out The Catcher in the Rye, I was able to connect with Holden and what he finds out through his travels in New york city.

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