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  1. The loss of Innocence: The 1950’s Teenagers Compared to Holden Caulfield Bobby Palentchar

  2. The Typical 1950’s Teenager • Rebellious • Avoided parents and their demands • Independent • Influenced very easily • Movie stars • Rock stars like Elvis • Fashion changes • Greaser style by boys • Girls often wore skirts • Liked Rock n’ Roll • Listened to it • Danced to it • First group to “Date” Picture shows some 1950’s boys dancing and singing at a concert A look at some “Greasers”

  3. Holden Caulfield’s Childhood • Two brothers, one of them passed away • Sister named Phoebe • Kicked out of school • Shows signs of immaturity • Getting in fights • Foul language • Always worries about everyone else • Lives his life fantasizing • Wastes his money

  4. Examples of Holden’s Maturity • Wants to help people • Tying the girls ice skates • Giving money to the nuns • Tries to act as a role model around Phoebe • Knows his way around • Journeying • Smoking/Drinking • Physical Appearance

  5. Holden's Transition from Child to Adult:Symbols • Ducks • Change • Red Hunting Hat • Holden’s individuality as well as need for companionship • Museum • Never changes • Catcher in the Rye song • Holden wants to “catch” kids before they fall into the adult world Holden’s red hunting hat

  6. Holden’s Loss of Innocence • Breaking Laws • Drinking • Ordering hookers • Foul language • Smoking • Getting kicked out of school

  7. Loss of Innocence: the 1950’s teenager • Rock n’ Roll • Listening • Dancing • Automobiles • Hot rods • Motorcycles • Provided a gateway away from home • Dating • Fashion Teenagers singing and paying rock n’ roll

  8. Personal View of Growing Up The teenage years are when one finds their identity and what they want to do in life. • During your teenage years you should: • Have fun • Do the work you need to do • Stick with the right group • Live in fear of a bad future, so you work harder for it not to happen • If you do these steps, the transition from childhood to adulthood will be easy