Salinger 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye ' Essay

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The marvelous novel The Catcher in the Rye, which was written by J.D. Salinger and published 1951 displays many elements of how youth is longed to be preserved. Holden Caulfield who is the narrator and main protagonist of the story is the biggest contributor to this theme in the novel. Other characters, such as Allie and Phoebe Caulfield, also display the ideology that youth is precious.

Holden’s little sister Phoebe is still in her youth throughout the novel. The reader observes how much Holden admires his sister and how she perceives the world around her. Phoebe is direct in her confrontation of Holden’s behavior, she states “you got kicked out didnt you?” When she addresses why Holden is back from school so soon (Salinger, 187). In this moment Holden begins to realize how irresponsible he has been. Phoebe is where the reader first sees how he confronts his issues. This correlates to how Holden perceives youth as being valuable considering he first listens to his little sister before anyone else.

Phoebe is one of the few people in the novel whom Holden holds respect for. Holden states “ I Mean, I know she 's just a child and all, but she was really listening.” (Salinger 200) This shows that Holden believes his little sister is a truly genuine, and honest person. One of the few people who Holden does not see as “phony”. Phoebe is not only the most influential character for Holden, but also one of the youngest in the stories. Salinger may have done this on purpose…

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