Holden 's Thoughts On Protection Of Innocence, Mental Illness And Death

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Esther and Holden’s Thoughts on Protection of Innocence, Mental Illness and Death Holden is the boy that just flunked out of his 4th or 5th school and hates everything. On the other hand, Ester is a college girl has everything that a girl her age would have ever wanted; the opportunity to spend a month in NYC editing a national magazine. One might ask what in the world possibly be the same about them? The main characters in the novels The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger be similar than thought possible. Both Ester from the Bell Jar and Holden from The Catcher in the Rye face many trials that helps them to develop their own views on protection of innocence, mental illness and death which results in them doing certain actions. One of the ideas that Esther and Holden have very distinct thoughts on is the protection of innocence. Holden and Esther both try to protect the innocence of the children around them as well as themselves. For example, when Holden finds out that Stradlater is going on a date with Jane, his old neighbor, he get very protective like big brother. Holden asks Stradlater if he gave Jane ‘the time’ as he wants to make sure that Jane is okay, but Stradlater gets upset and beats Holden up. In the same way, Esther acts like a young child when her friend Doreen starts making out with a guy and quite literally runs back to the hotel. Before Esther leaves the scene she says this; “There is something demoralizing about watching…

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