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Catcher in the Rye: The Cycle of Life

             We cannot escape time and time does not let us get away. It is interesting that such an abstract concept, something that is virtually non-existent rules our lives, our whole existence is rooted in place by the ever-accelerating time as we ease ourselves from one day into another, month into next month, year after year, decade after decades. Each minute brings with it change, most we take for granted, most are insignificant. Yet these small changes are like ripples that soon become waves that are like tides that carry us. And society has recognized the significant stages of life that we all go through to become the people we are. Each time we climb a step higher, or perhaps a step lower, and become different people within ourselves and our place in the intricate hierarchy changes just a little. Undoubtedly, the most exciting and somewhat controversial change that we all make in our lives is the time we reach puberty, when we abandon our childish innocence and open our minds and bodies to knowledge of the world and each other. We learn that there are shades of gray. We realize that living is not easy; survival of the fittest comes into practice. We clash with the older generation who has so many expectations, who wants to see themselves reflected in us, who wants to mould us into whatever shape is in fashion. We recognize that most of us are caught up in a tide, and only the absolute strongest can go against it. We understand that knowledge is a burden; ignorance is a much lighter load to carry. And we ultimately begin our primeval search for love, beautiful love, to be swept away forever, love that defies all disappointments that fill every day of our lives. J.D. Salinger strongly and sharply reveals all these truths and more in his book, "The Catcher In The Rye", some of which we are going to discuss and draw our own conclusion from.
             " Holden is giving up his dream of escape, compromising with life: accepting less than the finely-hones standards he had set himself, and joining the rest of society.

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