IRJE- The Cather in The Rye

The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is a novel that explores what it’s like to grow up, through the viewpoint of the protagonist and narrator, Holden Caulfield. Holden is a mature, well-read, 17-year old. He has strong views on most things, and readers easily observe them. The only things that seem to be written in a more subtle and less blunt matter are Holdens more profound thoughts. For instance, the quotation…

The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. (p.121).

I believe what Holdens trying to express is that he wants to freeze in time. In many situations, Holden seems to prevent himself from entirely going through with experiences. This quote represents his want to protect others innocence, along with his own. He doesn’t like being a teenager necessarily, but he fears to be an adult. Growing up seems to be Holdens most significant concern. He does not want to be a “phonine”, hypocrite like most adults he knows. The poor representation of adults he’s had in his life has not only made him defy their instruction but fear that that is what he will become.