Childhood it feels like to be an adult,

Childhood and adulthood are very different and both have significant factors that are different from each other. For instance, children are more relaxed compared to Adults. Children don’t have to rely on anyone like adults do. Children don’t have responsibilities like adults, children are dependent on someone else. Adults live a stressfully complex life. Adults have no choice but to provide for people who depend on them, whether it’s their wife, kids, or parents. In J.D. Salinger’s novel, Catcher in The Rye, we see the protagonist, Holden Caulfield struggles to accept who he really is. He is stuck in adulthood and childhood and chooses to be distant and run away from his fears instead of fighting them head-on. Through holders struggle we ultimately see him shift towards being an adult towards the end of the novel.Throughout the novel we see Holden behave as if he is an adult. He often has the curiosity about what it feels like to be an adult, but when the situation so happens to come up, his inner childhood sidekicks in. For instance when Holden is asked by the elevator guy if he wants a stripper. The elevator guy Maurice approaches Holden with the question how old are you. Holden then goes on to lie about his age and say 20. Holden does this to make him feel less of a child. Holden wasn’t sure if he wanted to go through with the prostitute, but he did anyway because he felt like it was the most “adult” thing to do. Instead of taking advantage of the prostitute Holden starts conversing with her realizing how she is nervous and around the same age as him. Holden starts saying “it sounded like a real kid. You’d think a prostitute and all would say like hell you are or cut the crap instead of like fun you are.” (55) This shows where Holden’s mindset is in this situation. Most adults who order prostitutes aren’t worried about the prostitute’s word choice. They see them as an object or sex. Not Holden. Holden couldn’t see himself with the prostitute once he looked at her as an individual. He started feeling sympathy.Furthermore, Holden hated change. Holden was physically an adult but mentally a child still because he felt like if he grew up then he would forget about the past. This is why in chapter 16 he refers to the museum.  Holden said that the best thing in the museum was that “everything stayed the same, nobody moved.” Holden walks around and sees an “encased Eskimo” and starts to think why can’t life be like that. He wants “certain things to stay the same. Ought to be able to stick them in one of those big cases and just leave them alone.” (66) Holden refers to this because he hated all the changed he underwent throughout his life. His brother Allie dying, the effects on his academic progress, etc. Holden refers to the museum as an “Impermanence” because it’s significant and everlasting. Holden couldn’t fail to realize the “Impermanence” of life with all the negativity that has undergone.Towards the end of the novel, Holdens starts to open his eyes and considered adulthood. Holden starts to realize that the only way kids will survive is by making mistakes.  Holden starts to realize all this when he is in the bathroom of the museum. He fell to the ground and said, ” I mean I could’ve killed myself when I hit the floor, but all I did was sort of land on my side. It was a funny thing, though. I felt better after I passed out.” (110) This happening to Holden was significant, because it opens his eyes to adulthood. In the being of the novel, Holden saw no point in life. He saw his hero James Castel died and thought he would die. Holden comes to his senses and concluded that most kids aren’t phonies. They have to be able to figure out life on their own. As Holden watched Phoebe on the carousel, he thought to himself really hard. Holden said, “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off they fall off, but it’s bad if you say anything to them.” (114) Holden is portraying that if you spend your life not making mistakes on your own, you won’t be able to grow just like he did. Holden learned from his mistakes previously which made him transition into finally being an adult.In conclusion, towards the end of the novel, we saw Holden shift towards accepting being an adult. It wasn’t easy though. The effect of society on a young adolescent transitioning from child to adult can encounter many roadblocks in the process. As you can see it did with Holden. When you are young you need to experience mistakes and failure in order to grow up. That’s what Holden failed to realize until the end of the novel. He had to go through all that pain to make him stronger. His involvement with Phoebe, James Castle, the ducks, Central Park, and his survival in the bathroom all contributed to him accepting adulthood. Phoebe made him finally feel joy and happiness again, which is what he needed, and because of that, he was able to survive his downfall in the bathroom. All the mistakes and tragic events he’s overcome has shaped him into the “ADULT” he is at the end of the novel.