What Is The Loss Of Innocence In Catcher In The Rye

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Dory is from finding Nemo is very simple minded and never grows up. Holden Caulfield would love Dory, because Dory is about as innocent as could be. This is because of her inability to learn and experience the real world. In The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger, Holden loves innocence in people. He loves the fact that kids do not know how the world really is, and that they do not know how harsh it could be, so Holden tries to preserve innocence throughout the book. However by the end of the book Holden learns that you just have to let people “fall” and grow up.
Holden only ever seems happy in The Catcher in the Rye when he’s around or thinking about youth. Whether it be his sister, an old friend, or his dead brother, or even a kid whistling
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However whenever Holden tries to preserve innocence he fails. For example he tries to protect Jane Gallagher from Stradlater, as a result Holden fights him after the date. He tries to protect Ernest Morrows mother from finding out how much of a jerk her kid is “Well, a bunch of us wanted old Ernie to be president of the class. I mean he was the unanimous choice. I mean he was the only boy that could really handle the job,” I said—boy, was I chucking it. “But this other boy—Harry Fencer—was elected. And the reason he was elected, the simple and obvious reason, was because Ernie wouldn’t let us nominate him. Because he’s so darn shy and modest and all.”(33), but she already knows that her kid is a jerk and once she finds out everything Holden tells her was a lie things will only get worse for her, because she will just feel disappointed once she finds out that Ernest didn’t do all of those things. In the end Holden realizes that you can not preserve innocence because when phoebe is on the carousel and reaches for the golden ring and looks as if she’s about to fall Holden wants to catch her but he says “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off they fall off, but it’s bad if you say anything to them.”(124). Holden realizes that you can not stop kids from growing up because it is worse if you

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