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LunxiВ ZhangВ

Mr. MillerВ

AmericanВ Literature/В PeriodВ 5В

21В AprilВ 2015В В

StrugglesВ ofВ GrowingВ UpВ

InВ theВ NovelВ TheВ CatcherВ inВ theВ RyeВ byВ J. DВ Salinger, В HoldenВ CaulfieldВ theВ protagonistВ ofВ theВ storyВ meetsВ theВ normВ ofВ aВ troubledВ teenВ whoВ rejectsВ toВ conformВ toВ contemporaryВ AmericanВ adulthoodВ throughВ hisВ immatureВ thoughtsВ andВ isolatedВ feelingsВ towardsВ others. В ThroughoutВ theВ novel, В HoldenВ isВ facedВ withВ differentВ challengesВ thatВ testsВ hisВ maturity, В andВ mentalВ fortitude. В HoldenВ isВ expelledВ fromВ schoolВ forВ hisВ poorВ academicВ conduct, В andВ isВ afraidВ toВ confrontВ withВ hisВ parents, В soВ heВ decidesВ toВ stayВ inВ NewВ YorkВ forВ aВ coupleВ ofВ days. В ThereВ heВ stepsВ intoВ aВ journeyВ acrossВ theВ adultВ worldВ whichВ heВ considersВ asВ " phony” andВ triesВ toВ findВ aВ solutionВ toВ hisВ ongoingВ concerns, В showingВ thatВ theВ processВ ofВ changingВ fromВ aВ teenagerВ toВ aВ matureВ adultВ alongВ withВ findingВ anВ identityВ isВ aВ struggleВ forВ manyВ adolescentВ people. В OneВ ofВ theВ mostВ importantВ factorsВ toВ aВ successfulВ transitionВ fromВ aВ childВ orВ teenВ toВ adulthoodВ isВ guidance. В HoldenВ receivesВ plentyВ ofВ guidanceВ inВ theВ story, В butВ neverВ fromВ hisВ ownВ parents. В OneВ ofВ Holden'sВ mostВ belovedВ teachers, В MrВ antoliniВ givesВ HoldenВ adviceВ onВ howВ heВ shouldВ handleВ hisВ situation, В andВ blatantlyВ tellsВ himВ theВ consequencesВ ifВ heВ wereВ toВ fail. В HoldenВ howeverВ takesВ theseВ advicesВ veryВ lightly, В notВ becauseВ heВ doesВ notВ respectВ Mr. В AntoliniВ orВ heВ doesВ notВ believeВ inВ theseВ advices, В butВ ratherВ becauseВ Mr. В AntoliniВ isВ simplyВ notВ Holden'sВ momВ orВ dad. В Holden'sВ parentsВ barelyВ getsВ mentionedВ inВ theВ book, В withВ hisВ fatherВ neverВ appearing, В andВ hisВ motherВ appearingВ onceВ whenВ speakingВ onlyВ toВ Phoebe. В ThisВ showsВ thatВ HoldenВ inВ hisВ lifeВ hasВ

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rarelyВ interactedВ withВ hisВ parentsВ inВ aВ meaningfulВ way, В andВ thereforeВ hasВ neverВ receivedВ anyВ meaningfulВ guidanceВ onВ growingВ upВ fromВ hisВ parents. В ThisВ isВ aВ problemВ becauseВ asВ aВ childВ orВ youngВ teen, В mostВ peopleВ lookВ toВ theirВ parentsВ forВ helpВ whenВ problemsВ arise. В TheВ biggestВ reasonВ asВ toВ whyВ childrenВ wouldВ lookВ toВ theirВ parentsВ forВ helpВ whenВ theyВ areВ mostВ distressedВ isВ thatВ theirВ parentsВ areВ theВ onesВ thatВ theyВ trustВ andВ loveВ theВ most, В howeverВ forВ HoldenВ thatВ isВ notВ theВ case. В ThisВ canВ beВ seenВ inВ Holden'sВ responseВ toВ hisВ confrontationВ withВ Mr. В AntoliniВ whenВ Mr. В AntoliniВ wakesВ HoldenВ withВ aВ patВ onВ theВ head. В HoldenВ goesВ nuts, В andВ reassessesВ В theВ trustВ heВ hasВ forВ Mr. В Antolini, В " В IВ feltВ somethingВ onВ myВ head, В someВ guy'sВ hand. В Boy, В itВ reallyВ scaredВ hellВ outВ ofВ me. В WhatВ itВ was, В itВ wasВ Mr. В Antolini'sВ hand. В WhatВ heВ wasВ doingВ was, В heВ wasВ sittingВ onВ theВ floorВ rightВ nextВ toВ theВ couch, В inВ theВ darkВ andВ all, В andВ heВ wasВ sortВ ofВ pettingВ meВ orВ pattingВ meВ onВ theВ goddamnВ head. В Boy, В I'llВ betВ IВ jumpedВ aboutВ aВ thousandВ feet. ” HoldenВ becomesВ frightenedВ byВ aВ simpleВ gestureВ ofВ affectionВ fromВ Mr. В Antolini'sВ pointВ ofВ view, В andВ reevaluatesВ hisВ trustВ ofВ Mr. В AntoliniВ byВ decidingВ whetherВ Mr. В AntoliniВ isВ insaneВ orВ aВ pedophile. В HoldenВ failsВ toВ seeВ theВ affectionВ sideВ ofВ theВ gesture, В simplyВ becauseВ heВ hasВ neverВ experiencedВ affectionВ ofВ anyВ kindВ fromВ theВ closestВ adultsВ inВ hisВ life, В hisВ parents. В HoldenВ seesВ itВ asВ aВ signВ ofВ threat, В orВ homosexualityВ whenВ itВ isВ simplyВ aВ gestureВ ofВ affection, В thereforeВ leavingВ Mr. В Antolini'sВ house. В ThisВ canВ alsoВ beВ seenВ inВ " В AВ RetrospectiveВ LookВ atВ theВ CatcherВ inВ theВ Rye” byВ GeraldВ Rosen, В whichВ talksВ aboutВ theВ differentВ subtleВ thingsВ inВ theВ book. В InВ thisВ literaryВ criticism, В RosenВ talksВ aboutВ howВ itВ isВ expectedВ forВ HoldenВ toВ turnВ toВ hisВ parentsВ whenВ allВ otherВ advicesВ fromВ otherВ teachersВ andВ adultsВ fail, В butВ HoldenВ neverВ does. В RosenВ mentionsВ howВ HoldenВ thinksВ heВ andВ hisВ parentsВ areВ completelyВ oppositeВ typesВ ofВ people, В " myВ parentsВ areВ differentВ religions, В andВ allВ theВ childrenВ inВ ourВ familyВ areВ atheists. ” ThisВ clearlyВ showsВ thatВ heВ andВ hisВ parentsВ believeВ inВ differentВ things, В

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andВ areВ notВ veryВ close, В butВ whyВ thenВ wouldВ heВ wantВ toВ turnВ toВ hisВ parentsВ forВ guidance? В ThisВ isВ...

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