Analysis Of ' Salinger 's ' The Catcher Rye ' Essay

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J.D. Salinger’s controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye, was first published in 1951 and was originally published for adults. As popularity grew for the book so did his audience and Salinger’s novel soon became popular with teenagers. The story is a three day narration of events that happen to Holden Caulfield beginning at his boarding school Pencey Prep and ending in a hospital in California. Holden is a troubled youth who struggles to find his place in the world and is having a hard time growing up. He believes the world is full of phonies especially in the adult world and he begins to search for his place in life. Holden believes that children are truly innocent and pure and that they should be protected. One of the main themes of the book is Holden’s preoccupation with protecting a person’s innocence especially that of children. Holden fantasizes about being “The Catcher in the Rye”, catching all the children before they fall off the cliff. This is a metaphor for Holden’s mission in life and it’s what drives him to do the things that he does in the novel. Therefore he must protect the innocence of his younger brother Allie Caulfield, his dear friend Jane Gallagher, and his sweet sister Phoebe Caulfield.
Holden’s desire to protect the innocence really begins with the death of his younger brother Allie, who dies of leukemia three years earlier. Holden feels like a failure as a brother because he wasn’t able to protect his brother from cancer. In Holden’s…

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