The Catcher In The Rye, which was written by Jerome David Salinger, tells a story about Holton's two-day experiment and feelings after he dismissed by the middle school. He was hanging out in the New York City and seeing many ugly sides of the society. Although he was born in the middle class and had good condition to live, to study or to work, he expressed his dissatisfaction either. Holton was a complicated and contradictory youngster, but with a heart yearning for beautiful life and lofty ideal. Hating the headmaster, helping nuns raise money for survivors, caring his sister carefully, Holton was really a boy beyond a protagonist in the novel.
What on earth made Holton become such a kind of younger? In my opinion, there are three reasons. Firstly, every person lives in his specific social background. The book was written after the Second World War, the American society and economy was waiting to recover to the level before the Second World War. Secondly, different person has different living conditions. Holton was living in a middle class. He don't worry about how to live. So he had much free time to think about the society. And his education in the school planted the social responsibility deeply in his heart. Thirdly, the American value makes contributions to it. It emphasizes a single person is more important than collectivity, which is much different from the values of us. Holton was also believed this value.
However, it is such a person that made me think. There is a sentence in the book, “a sign of an immature man is that he is willing to for a cause bravely dying, a mature man of marking is him would like to for a cause meanly alive”。 In the ancient China, people were asked to sacrifice for his beliefs. But in the modern society, it becomes different. We are taught to protect our own life in any condition. But as a soldier, we should also believe in it.
A soldier's duty is protecting motherland and people. When facing enemies, what choose would you do? Die for defeating them or protect our own life? Of course we will choose the first one. However, I do think Holton was too extreme. Although the society is not so satisfying, we can use our own power to make it change. Resisting is really not a wise choice. Maybe you will say that one person's power is too weak to make any change, but we can influence people around us. By this way, your value can be spread far away. Then the whole world must change in the end. Just believe yourself.
In a word, I would like to be a catcher in the rye, not worrying and complaining like Holton. I will make my contributions to the world. Do something and influence the world in my own way. Distinguishing goodness with badness, I am sure that a right value has been set up in my mind.