Holden’s childhood, teenage years and transition into adulthood might have been different if he had a parent, teacher, and mentor like Morrie in his life. Cather in the Rye book is quite different than Tuesdays with Morrie. Morrie would influence Holden’s life if Morrie teach him a great lesson about life. How life could be different in group of people if people live it different ways. People around Holden always make him think that all people are phony. Holden never got taught life lessons by any his relatives or parents. If Holden gets true tutor who will teach him how life works and how should he has to handle it? Then he might get different experience than now he is getting in his life.
According to movie Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie could be a great tutor and teacher in anyone’s life. If Holden got to spend few days with Morrie then he could change his whole life. Morrie had some great experiences while his life that also taught him a big lesson of his own life. He was a teacher and he is a fun guy to be with. He knows how an adult should treat a teenage. He is an experienced man. He was suffering from disease named ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). The disease ravages his body, but, ironically, leaves his mind as lucid as ever. He realizes that his time is running out, and that he must share his wisdom on “The Meaning of Life” with the world before it is too late to do so. He broadcasted his “The Meaning of Life” on ABC-TV’s nightline.
Holden is teenager, who is irresponsible and immature, having been expelled for failing four out of his five classes in his school. Holden needed to get teach by any experienced tutee and who understands problems in teen’s life. Morrie can give him a big and nice lecture or explanation on how teen’s life should be, Not like Holden’s. Holden never thinks about circumstances in his life. Most teenagers eagerly jump into a more adult role, striving to be seen as independent and mature. However, in the novel Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, at these times, teenagers are so mature than back in the time. Morrie would give him a lesson that could help Holden.
Holden’s struggle with school is an example of how he struggles to come to terms with the adult world. He sees all the situations that adulthood has when being surrounded by the situations and people in school. He sees pure phoniness, cruelty, and lack of individuality in school life as everyone considers themselves part of a group or else they are worthless, which is the way he sees himself. Holden’s lack of emotional strength and immaturity is also part of his struggle with becoming an adult. For example, whenever he feels uncomfortable with a situation or a thought, such as when he talks about his younger brother’s death, when he is feeling lonely such as when he’s walking down a lonely street, or when he is surrounded by people he feels uncomfortable with, he puts on his hunting hat, to feel and look different from the rest of the world as he mentioned and maybe also to protect himself in a way from his feelings due to his lack of emotional strength.
If anyone gets a mentor or teacher like Morrie, then they will see the different change in their future and their routine life that they never ever think about it. Holden always afraid from being adult or deal with adulthood. He thought that being adult is hardest thing, if you are an adult than you cannot live your life like the way you wanted to. If anyone motivates teenage in their right age where they need to get right kind of education or explanation that all teenagers should live their life like a free bird not like prisoner in prison. Morrie know the meaning of life and he made lots mistake during his teenage years. He did not want any teenager to make mistakes like he made during his teenage years.
If Holden got motivate or directed by Morrie, then he would not make some decision that he made without any thinking about which led him to bad circumstance. Holden was so scared to being an adult because he did not want to deal with all situations that all adult has to deal with it. Holden being love little kid because he does not have to deal with the same problems as adult. Sometimes he thinks as an adult, which he should not think like that because he is not going to deal with same problem as an adult.
In conclusion, if Morrie get any chance to change Holden’s adulthood or teenager year then he would able to change it. He changed one of his student name Mitch. Mitch was not that bad kid but he was sort of like Holden. Some teen are so afraid from being in adulthood but if they get a true or right mentor or teacher then they would see the big difference in their life.
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