Summary Of ' Salinger 's ' The Rye '

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The Theme of Innocence in Salinger’s Novel

In today’s world innocence is a difficult quality to achieve and maintain because of the corruption that exists everywhere among us. Many say that children are the most innocent of beings. However, a child can never be shielded by the danger and risk that constantly encompasses them in our society today. Children are subjected to this world and once they are exposed to the corruption it is difficult to maintain the innocence that they once embodied. In J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” there is an evident need and desire to preserve a sense of innocence among the characters in a world that lacks innocence. Holden Caulfield, the main character in Salinger’s novel, is a force that tries to promote the idea of innocence and attempts to maintain an essence of purity in a world that portrays chaos and moral destruction.
In this novel there are many instances in which Holden attempts to hold on to the innocence that he sees slipping away. Holden’s reaction to the possibility of sexual activities occurring between his roommate and Jane Gallagher is the first time the reader sees how important innocence is to the protagonist.His desire to save kids from a world of perversion. Finally, Holden is able to find joy when he sees his sister riding the carousel which is the epitome of childhood and innocence. Jane and Holden used to play checkers together in the summer, and as Holden ask his roommate Stradlater about his date he comes to…
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