The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

1009 Words May 4th, 2015 5 Pages
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was published in 1951, and yet it is known as a classic to this day. Young people all around can relate to the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. In Catcher in the Rye, Holden faces many troubles we can relate to such as feeling lonely and isolated, or not understanding society. One of the themes that Salinger writes about in the novel is innocence and corruption. In The Catcher in the Rye Holden views innocence and youth as very important.
At the very beginning of the novel, Holden tells the readers that he doesn’t always act his age. “I act quite young for my age sometimes. I was sixteen then, and I’m seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I’m about thirteen.” (Salinger 5) Holden is getting to an age where he needs to start to focus more on school, since he will have to start working and supporting himself. Despite that, he still admits to acting younger. Later in the book, he starts to hint that he correlates age with innocence. This is the start of the innocence theme that we see throughout the novel.
Holden takes a special interest in children in The Catcher in the Rye. As hinted throughout the novel, Holden correlates age with innocence and phoniness. He dismisses several adult characters because he believes that they are phony. When he meets children, Holden is more likely to listen to them and respect them. “In The Catcher in the Rye, he is persistently analyzing people and making judgements based on their age.” (Schulake, 101)…

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