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Youth Guidance and Direction: Taking Holden’s Growth as an Example in The Catcher in the Rye

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DOI: 10.25236/emcs.2018.101


Qin He, Jin Yu

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Qin He


Initiation, as a universal human phenomenon and an important individual experience in one’s life, has increasingly exerted a significant influence on this impetuous society. The Catcher in the Rye written by the famous American writer J. D. Salinger, tells of a influential initiation story on the exploration of Holden’s loneliness, depression and helplessness in growth and offers a key to the door of the youth initiation. We all shall go through the same annoyance and confusion as Holden, however, we would cope with various attitude and performances. This paper attempts to explore adolescent growth problem by considering the corespondent measures taken by family, school and society. Besides, Holden’s three-day journey to be the clue and youth literature to be the basis. What’s more, it tries to provide the guidance of youth with all adolescents aiming at solving their problems in growth.


Initiation story, youth literature, youth problems, education, growth