Most Indefinitely Being The Loss Of Innocence Essay

1204 Words Oct 29th, 2014 5 Pages
Around 250, 000 copies of the Catcher in the Rye are sold each year, with a total sale of more than 65 million books. It has been translated into the world’s major languages, and was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Why is this? Because of the important thematic motifs that are portrayed in the novel, most indefinitely being the loss of innocence. J.D. Salinger uses stylistic techniques like language of depression and digressions to enhance the motif of the forfeit of childhood purity in his renowned novel, Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in the story, develops very strong, pessimistic views on the world to criticize the adultery that takes place in the real world. When Holden begins to ponder about his future, he thinks, “…No, there wouldn 't be marvelous places to go to after I went to college and all. Open your ears. It 'd be entirely different. We 'd have to go downstairs in elevators with suitcases and stuff. We 'd have to phone up everybody and tell 'em good-by and send 'em postcards from hotels and all. And I 'd be working in some office, making a lot of dough, and riding to work in cabs and Madison Avenue buses, and reading newspapers, and playing bridge all the time, and going to the movies and seeing a lot of stupid shorts and coming attractions and newsreels. Newsreels. Christ almighty,” (page 123). Holden not only fears losing his innocence, growing older and having to come face to…

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