A review of J.D. Salinger’s book, Catcher in the Rye, focusing on teenagers and their sense of isolation.
This paper discusses the isolation that is experienced by the protagonist, Holden, in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This theme is expanded and is presented from a general point of view, illustrating the difficulties teenagers encompass on their journey to adulthood.
In today’s world teenagers are said to have a harder time than those of yesteryear. Many experts disagree with this statement and point to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye to illustrate that teens have historically had a hard time finding their way before bursting onto adulthood ready to live(Elkind pg 24). When teens become lost and isolated, both in fictional works, such as Catcher in the Rye and in real life it is often because they have not had limits or boundaries according to the experts. Without such limits, values, and leadership, young people drifted into states that bordered on mental illness.