Childhood Is The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies Essay

1484 Words Dec 4th, 2015 6 Pages
Edna Millay, an American poet and playwright, was identified for her for participation towards activism through her poem Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies, written in 1937. In this poem, Millay claims, "Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies" (Millay). Through this passage, Millay declares that although childhood may seem endless, a young child will always mature and lose their innocence as an adolescent. The concept that a loss of innocence is an inevitable aspect to maturing is also unveiled in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The novel is based around Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year old who was recently expelled from his boarding school. Caulfield ventures on a journey throughout New York and experiences affairs which will shape the rest of his life. Salinger uses symbolism to assert that a loss of innocence is an inexorable factor of growing up. Following Holden’s departure from Pencey, he tells his younger sister Phoebe about how he strives to become a “Catcher in the Rye,” who catches children who are bound to fall off a cliff. Holden’s catcher in the rye dream ultimately confirms his responsibility to defend the virtue of children. While Holden alludes to a poem by Robert Frost, he informs Phoebe of his plans and acknowledges, “What I have to do [is] I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff”…

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