Teenage delinquency in the 1950’s was the first time that teenager had really rebelled against what others had told them to do and act like. Because this happened for the first time in the 1950’s adults and parents didn’t really know how to act or treat the behaviour of teenager’s. in the catcher in the rye teenage delinquency is show by the main character Holden Caulfield. He does this by doing things like smoking in the bathroom even though it was banned. He shows this in other acts like trying to get alcoholic drinks despite being only 16 and not going home to tell his parents that he had been kicked out of another school so he stays in New York for a few days. “I ordered a Scotch and soda, and told him not to mix it--I said it fast as hell, because if you hem and haw, they think you're under twenty-one and won't sell you any intoxicating liquor.”
J. D. Salinger challenged cultural assumptions like teenage delinquency by using structure. For example Holden Caulfield always being alone often depresses him and this is shown throughout the novel. “I didn't feel much like being all alone”. “Because you're not going. I'm going alone” “they'd leave me alone.” J.D. Salinger questioned cultural assumptions like teenage delinquency because I think he expresses this because he thinks that teenagers aren’t delinquent they are just craving attention from others by doing the wrong thing so others will notice them. This is a result of him not being around his parents and him feeling like he isn't wanted .