The Great Gatsby By F. Salinger : Themes Of Innocence, Realism, And Independence

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The themes Salinger displayed throughout the novel were eloquently woven into the text, and portrayed in a clear and convincing manner. Salinger conveys the theme of innocence, realism, and independence throughout the story which all send a powerful message to the reader. Salinger incorporated the themes in a way where they were felt throughout the story, from the very beginning to the very end. Essentially, the situations and conflicts Holden Caulfield encounters establish a basis for the themes, and serve as a foundation for the rest of the novel.
First, innocence is an important theme because the title itself, Catcher in the Rye is essentially a metaphor for the theme as Holden expresses how he would be at the bottom of the cliff catching a child’s innocence. Holden sees innocence as a virtue that he wants to protect, so as to keep a child’s innocence intact to prevent them from encountering similar problems that plague him throughout the story. This is shown in the quote, "And I’m standing on the edge of some cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff” (Salinger 224). Essentially, Salinger shows how Holden somewhat serves as a moral compass for various children, so as to protect them from the gruesome world that fatally wounds Holden as the story progresses.
Second, realism or a description of things in their true manifestation, is another important theme in this book. Throughout the novel, Holden always looks at things the…

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