Aneta Piekara Teen age years are necessary to find one’s identity.
Teenagers of the 1950’s • Dating • Became the norm • Movies taught boundaries • Punishments • No hipster talk • No sex talk • Parents wanted values • Entertainment - Rock ‘n’ roll - Parents fear • Expectations - College • Family Values - Generation gap - Parents have not experienced - Delinquency
Holden’s Childhood • Innocence sexually • Recklessly spends money • Does not think of future • Can relate better to children • Wants attention and pity • Wanted to take off with Sally
Holden’s Adulthood • Knowledge of phoniness • Drinking and smoking • Curious about sex • Care for little kids • Emotional Issues • Independent
Symbol of Transition From Childhood to Adulthood • Lake - Half frozen over (change) - Water = Childhood - Ice = Adulthood - Completely frozen over = water still on the inside. - Ducks flying south - Asking about where they go - Does not knowing where he is going himself
Holden’s Loss of Innocence • Dislikes cursing around children • Experienced death • Met a prostitute • Curious and learns more about sex • Takes care of Phoebe(not himself) • Stradlater shows how men treat women
Loss of Innocence of a 1950’s Teenager • New music led to “eternal damnation” • Peer Pressure • Rebellion • Labeled as juvenile delinquents by media • Knowledge of sex from active dating • Pushed to think about future by parents
Personal View • Teen years necessary for transition • Parents advice and guidance • Learning independence and responsibilities • Realizing what they want to do in life • Thrown into adult situations