Childhood Of The Rye By F. Salinger Essay

1003 Words Sep 30th, 2015 5 Pages
Childhood to adulthood. Isn’t it supposed to represent the point in one’s life where a person moves on from the past? It certainly is not the time to end up in a mental institution. For Holden, in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, he is cemented in between the two worlds and it collapses. Holden is obsessed with the idea of childhood and protecting other children from growing up. He does not apply himself and eventually, ends up in a mental institution. Although Holden is soon to enter into the adult world, he reverts to his childish ways, and he also refuses to acknowledge the adult world. Though Holden is no longer a kid, he thinks in an unrealistic way to protect and stop them from growing up. When Holden is inside his younger sister Phoebe’s school to deliver a letter, he notices profanity written on the walls and freaks out. He “thought about how Phoebe and all the other kids would see it, and how they’d wonder what the hell it meant” (Salinger 201). Holden loves the idea of saving kids from losing their innocence. Most kids Holden’s age would recognize that children cannot be saved from everything, and are eventually going to find out about adult language. Holden 's freakout shows how unstable he is. Also, when asked by his sister Phoebe what he wants to be when he grows up, he replied with, “I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all” (Salinger 173). Holden pictured children playing on a cliff, and he would catch them from falling off. Holden meant that children…

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