Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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These beliefs have shaped Holden Caulfield’s perception greatly of the world around him, the protagonist from J.D. Salinger’s novel ''Catcher in the Rye''. In this case, these beliefs begin to force Holden into having a disillusioned perspective of his surroundings. He is unwilling to accept many of life’s realities including; change, dishonesty, and conformity. Thus by him not being able to accept this, he is ultimately unable to find happiness in life.

Holden is unwilling to accept the reality of change in his own life. This fear is especially evident when he goes to the museum; The museum cases are very symbolic in the novel as Holden sees it as being a never changing atmosphere which brings him comfort in knowing. Holden doesn't want to grow up and the museum reinforces this. ''Certain things should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big cases and just leave them alone.'' (Salinger 16-25.). Through this quote he's making an explicit connection between the Indian Room at the museum (where the displays stay the same) and the children (who are always changing). He looks around the museum and see's many children that will eventually grow older. He despises this growth and fears for them. The museum conveys Holden's idolization of a world in which he wishes to live in; it's a world which represents his ''catcher in the rye'' fantasy, a world where everything…
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