Holden's Escape of Corruption Through Childhood and Innocence in The Catcher in the Rye

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Holden's Escape of Corruption Through Childhood and Innocence in The Catcher in the Rye Works Cited Missing Holden Caulfield was in conflict with the society he was living in. He regarded it as corrupted and totally insincere; and therefore he attempted to escape from falling into this corruption of adulthood, by holding onto his childhood innocence. However he was unsuccessful in his strong sense of desire to prevent this inevitable fall into adulthood. Later in the novel after coming to terms with this fact, he developed a new desire to act as ' The Catcher In…show more content…
He was confused about his virginity and could not foresee how he would react in front of the prostitute. However he thought the prostitute would at least offer an opportunity to practice his sexual skills. "…. When I'm horsing around with a girl, I have a hulluva lot of trouble just finding what I'm looking for" (Chapter 13). The prostitute appeared very experienced. There was great contrast between her determination and Holden's discomfort. Holden had no vivid knowledge on this issue to tackle her professionalism. Holden offered a fictitious name, which was disregarded. He also matured his age by an additional six years, which was also disbelieved; and his desperate wish to delay the moment of confrontation treated with despise. Holden had now deliberately involved himself with the adult world and must extricate himself. He was searching for love and she was selling sex. Holden refused to proceed once he began to consider the prostitute as an individual. He could no longer consider her as a sex object and he gathered a feeling of sympathy for her, instead. Her attempts to flirt with him, he found vulgar. Throughout the book, Holden feared any sexual activities. He was also physically repelled by anything homosexual. This was an area he could not cope with. Thus it was not surprising that Holden ran in shock and fear when Mr Antolini was caressing his
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