Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

1134 Words Feb 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The children in the 1980’s Toys R Us’s commercial expressively repeated the phrase: “I don’t wanna’ grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid.” Although the company Toys R Us was not founded until 1948 (About Toys"R" Us), Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has the same mentality: he does not want to grow up. His bias towards innocence and fear of adulthood leaves him with one purpose in life: to save those from enduring the pain of maturing. Due to a mishearing of Robert Burn’s poem “Comin Thro’ the Rye,” Holden envisions himself as the hero at the end of the cliff, catching innocent kids coming through the rye. He wants to become a catcher in the rye. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s perspectives on the ducks, the museum, Jane, and Phoebe, as well as Salinger’s experiences during World War II, help define the term catcher in the rye and explain Holden 's behaviors throughout the text. When Holden first embarks on his journey through New York City, he asks a cab driver about the ducks located near Central Park: “‘Do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?’" (Salinger, 81) He receives an inadequate response, but is persistent in his question, seemingly very worried about their wellbeing. Holden’s fascination with the ducks originates from his need to protect innocence. To any other adult passing by, the ducks would seem insignificant, but to Holden., they…

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