Coming Of Age: Catcher In The Rye And Boyz N The Hood (1993)

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JD Salinger uses different language techniques, mainly through Holden’s languge, to explore coming of age in Catcher in the rye. In the beginning of the book Holden is already shown running away from realty. When he says “I didn’t know why I was running, I just felt like it” it shows us that Holden is clueless and afraid. In “Boyz n the Hood” John Singleton uses Tre’s relationships, mainly with his father, to explore coming of age, as well as similies and metaphors.
In “Catcher in the Rye”, JD Salinger uses the narrative style of writing to help us relate to Holden, writing the novel from Holden’s point of view asking us to believe that Holden’s telling his story to a doctor or counselor. ...view middle of the document...

Phoebe is one of Holden’s main influences in coming of age. Phoebe reveals to Holden how different coming of age is from Holden’s idea. Holden has trouble dealing with this kind of complexity. As a result, he has isolated himself and fears intimacy. Although he runs into opportunities for both physical and emotional intimacy, he ruins them all, wrapping himself in an armor of critical cynicism and bitterness. Even so, Holden desperately continues searching for new relationships, always undoing himself only at the last moment.
In “Boyz n The Hood” Tre’s father is his main influence in coming of age, teaching him morals at a young age and guiding his decisions even until the end of the movie when he convinces Tre not to partake in Ricky’s revenge shooting. Tre’s surrounding also play as a motif to Tre coming of age. After gunfire is heard at a late night party, Tre decides that he can not be like his friends and stay in Los Angeles, with all the crime, saying “I’m getting the f**k out of LA, f**k this s**t, n****s be getting shot up every day and s**t”. As previously stated, the camera is constantly taken at a mid angle shot to help us relate to Tre and his situation.
While Tre begins his path to coming of age during the early to middle stages of the film, Holden takes a lot longer to come of age, both characters have a similar attitude to coming of age, with both being afraid however, compared to other people around him, Tre is already more mature then his friends and others around him. In “Catcher In The Rye” The title itself is symbolic. It appears in Chapter 16 when Holden is admires a kid singing “Coming through the rye”, a song by Robert Burns. Holden mistakenly misinterprets the lyrics by thinking they are “If a body catch a body coming through the rye” when the lyrics are...

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