Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye: Trying To Grow Up

Everyone in the world has their own view of life and their place in it. The moment where one usually starts finding themselves is during the teenage years. In Catcher in the Rye a story by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield is struggling to cross the boundary between childhood and adulthood. His problems can be applied to Erickson’s stages and his struggles would become clearer. Two major symbols throughout out this book would be the ducks in central park and his red hunting hat
The first Erickson stage is the trust versus mistrust, which means that a child learns to trust that their basic needs will be met, especially by a parent. ...

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shame and doubt, which means that an individual must exercise the will to be confident and independent if not they, will not have faith in themselves. When Holden made the decision to do something he did not stick with it but kept changing his mind, he did not know what he wanted. He shows this through the red hat by initially wearing it to stand out. However, he always tells when he is going to wear it and becomes unsure of himself when he does. Holden doesn’t seem to be 100% confident in the decisions he makes.
Next stage is industry versus inferiority where an individual learns productive skills that their culture requires if not they feel inferior. The fact that Holden is failing most of his classes makes him feel like he is inferior to his peers and people around him. He doesn’t seem to be on the same page as everyone else and instead of letting himself feel down he goes and criticizes everything around him, calling them phony. In reality he is the phony one because he is ...

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Added: 3/5/2011 01:55:45 AM
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