Catcher In The Rye Essay On Innocence

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Just because someone isn’t in your life doesn’t mean they can’t impact you. Everyone who comes and goes has made an impact on you one way or another and some last longer than others. Once somebody comes into your life they won’t stay the same and will lose their innocence. Similarly, in The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield always references characters in his life that have had a lasting impact on him such as his brother Allie. He has shaped Holden’s life throughout the story. The author brings Allie up so many times to communicate Holden’s behavior and actions. Allie’s innocence brings out the happiness in Holden. In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the author displays characters in the story who don’t appear, to communicate …show more content…
Holden is in a cab talking to the driver and converses about ducks, he wonders if somebody "comes around in a truck or something and take(s) them away, or if they fly away by themselves?" (Salinger 91). Due to the experiences in his life Holden always wonders if people have a purpose. The ducks are a symbol of children and Holden wonders if they have someone taking care of them. His curiosity in the ducks reveals his caring nature to protect anything that comes his way. Additionally, when Holden talks to Phoebe about what he wants to be, he imagines "standing on the edge of some crazy cliff … and if (kids are) running and they don’t look where they’re going he has to come out from somewhere and catch them" (Salinger 191). Allie has such a big impact on Holden that he wants to protect children and their innocence forever. Holden realizes that no one makes him happier than children because they aren’t hypocrites. As children grow older they lose their innocence and Holden has a raging dislike for children his own age and older because they are not true to themselves. He ultimately wants to become the Catcher in the Rye and always preserve the innocence of children. With the experiences he has gone through with Allie he doesn’t want anyone to become an adult but just stay a child forever. Holden’s view on adults and children differentiate so much because the only happiness in his life comes from children.

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