The Perfect and the Innocent: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Perfection is a house on it’s own, but innocence is the landscape around it. The author of Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, tells an interesting story about a boy who has avoided his home after getting kicked out his fourth school. This boy, Holden Caulfield, loves perfection and innocence. Holden is a strange character, he makes a snowball, but can’t throw it, imagines the museum as a perfect place because things don’t change, daydreams about his childhood sweetheart constantly, and after seeing “F” you written on the walls of the school, Holden tries to erase every one of them. Life for Holden is sad and uplifting at the same time, but he has to face the fact that he is growing up and can’t be the protector of children. Holden…show more content…
Holden has to drop the snowball before entering on the bus, because “people never believe you” (Salinger 37). This shows that people are not perfect and it has impacted every soul on the Earth. The tone is disgusted as Holden think about all of the people who are imperfect. That’s just about every single one of them. Unlike nature, humans don’t run on a perfect schedule and can adjust things in what ever way they want. This has been the case throughout history, this is why Holden likes the museum so, much. Holden hates how people are always making mistakes and ruining the idea of perfection, but he loves the fact that everything in the museum will stay the same forever, especially the Indians. The thing about the place that Holden adores so much, is “you could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo will still be just finished cathing those two fish” (Salinger 121). Those two fish will never change, it gives off a powerful sensation that everything is trapped in a glass case of time and you are the only one that is outside and able to change. In fact, Holden says, “ The only thing that would be different is you. Not that you’d be much older or anything. It wouldn’t be like that exactly. You’d just be different, that’s all. You’d have an overcoat on this time. Or that kid that was your partner in line the last time had got scarlet fever and you’d have a

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