Essay about Holden Is A Changed Person At The End Of The Novel

1506 Words Oct 24th, 2014 7 Pages
Everyone goes through struggles in life. People go through struggles to achieve goals, find out who they are, and how they fit into the world. In JD Salinger’s fictional novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the main character Holden Caulfield embarks on a journey through adolescence in New York City after getting kicked out of high school. At the same time, he struggles with his goal to protect children from the nasty, phony, real world. After encounters with a prostitute, nuns, some old acquaintances and his little sister, he soon realizes that he cannot save anyone, including himself, from falling into adulthood. Although Holden fails to protect the children from the real world, through examining his journey to adulthood and how he tries to preserve the innocence of childhood, it is revealed Holden is a changed person at the end of the book. Throughout the novel, Holden is constantly falling, which symbolizes his “fall” into the adult world. In the whole course of Holden’s journey, Holden is on the edge of his metaphorical cliff that he talks about when Phoebe, his little sister asks what he likes. “And I 'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff” (173). Holden says. He is on the cusp of falling into adulthood. Even since the very beginning of the novel, Holden is falling all the time. “It was icy as hell and I damn near fell down” (5). Holden runs across the icy road while on the way to Mr. Spencer, his history teacher’s house, and slips. “Some stupid guy had thrown some…

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