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

1944 Words Mar 10th, 2016 8 Pages
In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield returns to his hometown where he goes on an adventure to answer the questions he has about life. After being kicked out of his third boarding school, Holden Caulfield spends three days alone in New York.While in New York, Holden constantly thinks about his old friend Jane Gallagher, whom Holden’s old roommate just went on a date with the night Holden left Pencey Prep School. He also meets up with his little sister Phoebe and takes her to the zoo to ride on the carousel. One of the many things that the reader is exposed to during Holden’s adventure is his desire to protect the innocent. Holden constantly mentions how little kids are corrupted by the phony adult society and how he would like to preserve their innocence. Holden Caulfield shows his desire to protect the innocence of youth through his memories about Jane, interactions with Phoebe, and obsession with children’s purity.
During Holden’s childhood, he knew a girl named Jane Gallagher who he would play checkers with. Jane had this habit of keeping her kings in the back row of the board because they looked nice. Salinger used Jane’s action of keeping her kings in the back row to express her innocence that Holden remembers. Holden claims that when they used to play checkers, “She wouldn’t move any of her Kings… She’d just leave it in the back row. Then she’d never use them. She liked the way they looked when they were all in the back row” (Salinger 36). The…

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