Faces in the Crowd Essay

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ust Faces in the Crowd. Walking through the crowded hall in high school I see many different faces every day. I see that boy in the torn up skinny jeans in the corner. I see the girl with glasses sitting down reading on her own and the football boys in their jerseys talking about last night’s Broncos game. While we may appear to others a certain way that’s never truly us. Many of us are still in the process of finding who we actually are. “You’ve got to find yourself first. Everything else will follow” Charles de Lint; I just can’t help but love this quote because I totally agree with it. Teen’s struggles have always been around; they always make us feel uncomfortable with ourselves. A major teen struggle that we all go through is trying to find ourselves in the world while trying to fit in and be an individual all at the same time. Sounds confusing huh? Well it’s not, as teens we are trying to find our identity for ourselves all while being judged by our parents, peers and the media. J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is great novel dealing with teen struggles because Holden Caulfield is trying to be himself around his parents but he knows his parents will not approve of this. So we know what we want to be but how can we make it us without getting criticized? We can’t, our parents always want the best for us but sometimes in order to truly find ourselves we may not always agree with them. Our identity shouldn’t be connected to our parents identity since they have theirs figured out and we don’t. How our peers see us. One of the scariest parts of being a teen has to be being judged by other teens. We care so much about fitting in with the normal that sometimes we just totally over look our individuality and we become just a face in the crowd. The film Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes is all about five different stereotyped

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