Innocence is something that people lose as they grow older from childhood into adolescence and then into adulthood and get more exposed to new things as they grow up. Innocence is important in the novel because it was the one thing that Holden was trying to hold on to by trying to save another person’s innocence but is also trying to lose his own. There are situations where there would be a loss of innocence and would influence Holden because he is transitioning from different stages of his life. In a coming of age story, losing innocence is a sign of growing up and change. This is seen through characters that have effected Holden in a way, just like how Allie’s death showed him the harsh reality of life, and symbols like the record he …show more content…
When he first brought Allie up he also “wrote about […] Allie’s baseball glove.” (Pg.38) This symbolizes how Holden also wanted to hold onto innocence in a way with the glove indicating holding onto things and how he is also holding onto the past and his childhood and does not want anything to change. When he thought about the glove, he also thought of Allie and the memories that came with it. With the baseball glove which is used to catch, it also shows how he wants to save the innocence. In the book, Holden talks about what he wanted to do, which was to be the catcher in the rye and catch the children from falling off a cliff and into adulthood to save their innocence. With the glove relating to purity and saving others from corruption, this shows how Holden is trying to hold onto innocence instead of growing up.
Another situation when innocence would affect him is when James Castle died and when Holden talked about it when “James Castle [was] laying right on the stone steps and all. He was dead, and his teeth, and blood, were all over the place, and nobody would even go near him.” (Pg. 170). This shows the cruel reality of life and death. Just like the windows in Holden’s garage, the windows in which James jumped though were shattered which shows another cruel way that innocence was crushed revealing the reality of real life. Holden thought of James Castle when Phoebe asked him if he liked anything. Holden could not
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Innocence is a key part of a child’s life as the child has not yet experienced the cruelty, violence and immorality of the adult world. In the text The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, as a result of Holden’s fear of the adult world, this leads to his desire to protect innocence, ultimately leading to his mental breakdown. The novel shows a teenage boy’s desire to protect innocence which leads to his mental instability in attempting to deal with a world that clashes with his ideals. He only finds interest in children's innocence because they have yet not entered the phony adult world. The museum of natural history, which is unchanging, shows Holden’s desire to protect and preserve the innocence of children. Holden attempts to erase profanities
At his age most kids are already sexually active, making them more adult in a way. The reason for this being that they are exposed to many things that younger, and more innocent children are not. With the protection of his virginity comes his innocence. Holden’s innocence is slowly being taken away as the novel goes on. When he goes to New York he is exposed to many things that normal kids are not used to seeing. He sees prostitutes for one thing, people who are the opposite of innocent and clean. Holden also has to be around a lot of phonies who make him realize hat the world isn’t perfect and that people lie and cheat to receive what they want. This is seen with Mr. Ossenburg, who takes advantage of other people while they are mourning their loved ones. He takes their money, which is supposed to go to a grave, but just ends up keeping it and throwing the bodies in a ditch. Holden meets many more phonies, and doesn’t want other children to be exposed to their dishonest nature.
Holden has numerous distinct attributes pertaining to both childhood and adulthood. His transition from growing and relational life, to an uncontrolled spiritual realm, this stresses him. He has instances of introspection that helps him encompass a realization for his own livelihood. When he shares with his sister Phoebe what he would sincerely like to do with his life he says “I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” (Salinger 173) That quote reveals the reasoning for the title of the book because Holden wants nothing more than to protect the innocence of children.
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s outlook in life is either the innocence of childhood or the cruelty of adulthood. He believes that the innocence of childhood is very valuable and it should be protected from
In J.D.Salinger’s novel, Catcher In The Rye, Holden Caulfield, the main character of the novel, is a walking paradox who desires to hold onto his innocence and ,in his mind, thinks that people who lose their innocence will either turn into a “phony” or a “jerk”. During his journey towards trying to preserve his innocence Holden affected his desire to hold on to his innocence through his action, such as his experience with a prostitute named Sunny, his interaction with Sunny shows him that most of the world of adults is just an illusion. Another person who affects Holden desire is his 10 year-old sister Phoebe Caulfield, his interaction with his sister phoebe shows how it’s ok to lose your innocence because with the loss of that innocence you
A major theme of the novel "Catcher in the Rye" is the expression of Loss of Innocence. This is theme is shown through out the novel numerous times. One example of the theme is when Holden stated, "I thought how Phoebe and all the other kids would see it, and how they woner what the hell it meant."(Salinger 201). This quote represents Holden's desire to protect children. Holden is frustrated by his inability to act and to keep little kids fro losing their innocence. It is very difficult to prevent young people from all the terrible things that they can face while growing up. As soon as children go to school and become part of the society they start to learn and see things that they have never seen before, and because they are still young they
Holden’s desires and actions ultimately show how innocence is almost impossible to protect and is temporary. Holden wants to save everybody from maturing because he is afraid of change. All he sees are the bad things adulthood has to offer and is struggling with the hardships he is facing. He misses the innocence of his childhood and doesn’t want anyone else to lose it. Therefore, he tries several times to protect them from the downfall he is facing. Ultimately, his attempts are useless because innocence turns into an illusion as you mature. You can never change back once you become an
Holden uses innocence to describe the kids surrounding him. Phoebe and Allie stand out as examples. “‘I like Allie,’ I said. ‘And I like doing what I’m doing right now. Sitting here with you, and talking and thinking about stuff, and ---’” (Salinger, 171). In Holden’s mind, only children are innocent in this world. Children don’t have sexual desire; they are not fake. However, Allie’s death due to leukaemia destroys his belief in childhood innocence. He thinks that pure kids never die, but his brother’s death goes against his thoughts. To be able to deal with his sadness logically, he always thinks that his brother will come back just like the ducks in Central Park. Holden protects his belief in childhood innocence through the hope that the ducks will eventually return. What’s more, he also mentions he wishes to be the catcher in the rye in his conversation with Phoebe. He imagines children running around in a rye field. He says he would like to catch children before they fall from the end of the cliff. This is symbolism for Holden trying to protect childhood innocence from adulthood
There is only one experience that unites every single person in the world. Many people in the world can agree that it isn’t always the greatest experience, and many people have an extremely hard time getting through it, but every single adult goes through the act of ‘growing up’. For many, the transition can be very depressing, and confusing. When a child is young becoming an adult seems to be enjoyable and exciting, but it isn’t until that child is forced into the cruel, harsh world where the innocence of childhood can be appreciated and missed. The novel Catcher in the Rye explores how teenagers who are nearing adulthood see the adult world to be incomprehensible. J.D Salinger illustrates the confusion of a teenager when faced with the challenge of transitioning into adulthood using Holden Caulfield.
Holden is very immature and cannot act his age for anything. In the beginning of the story, Holden was very immature and self-centered and he often did very immature things, but he wanted to be an adult. This is very contradicting considering that he is very immature. In the novel, Holden states, “Boy! I said. I also say Boy! quite a lot. Partly because I have a lousy vocabulary and partly because I act quite young for my age sometimes. I was sixteen then, and I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen.” (Salinger 16). This shows how Holden is very immature and needs to start acting his age and this could be dangerous to society. This is why he needs to stay inside the mental facility. In the mental facility, he will be safe and he will not cause any harm to anyone or to himself
Holden’s view of life is that it can be very cruel and unfair. The origin of this thinking is from his younger brother Allie. He feels guilty that he is essentially wasting his life away, while Allie died so very young of Leukemia. This is a huge part of his entire journey. Holden always describes Allie as a very smart and kind person that he looked up to, which is why he feels life is so cruel.
Whether you’re five or fifty, you will always have innocence somewhere inside of you. Everyone is innocent in some respect, whether it be from lack of experience or just not knowing something. The main character in my book displays his innocence rarely and randomly. He is often too worried about everyone else to notice his own innocence. In the book, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden displays rare instances of innocence such as worrying about his growing body, running away, and petty fights.
A big example of this conflict that Holden has is when he was about to leave Pencey because he was getting expelled and decided to leave early without any of his family knowing a few day before he was suppose to leave. Holden faces the challenge of whether or not to go directly home or to linger around the city. When Holden finally decides to linger around the city and wait for his parents to “cool down” he tries to act like an adult in the city. Holden on many occasions tries to buy himself an alcoholic drink even though he is underage. When he makes an appointment with a girl to have sex with her he backs out of it when she comes. These are examples of Holden on one hand wanting to grow up and be an adult an don the other hand he was to preserve his childhood because Allie didn’t get the chance to. He is always thinking about Allie and that thought keeps him from making up his mind. Therefore, Allie Caulfield is important to the book because Holden has a tough time deciding whether to grow up or not.
Loss of innocence is one of the major elements of The Catcher in the Rye that make the novel so renowned. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is about an adolescent named Holden who wanders around New York City after being kicked out of a prestigious boarding school in eastern Pennsylvania. While learning more about himself and the adult world, he experiences alcohol, prostitution, and sexuality. Holden struggles with issues such as identity and maturity. Eventually, he realizes what it means to become an adult and accepts that maturity and development is inevitable. Holden suffers from a loss of innocence when