What Is The Theme Of Innocence In Catcher In The Rye

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Innocence is something hard to find, in today´s society everyone is constantly trying to protect the innocent, like young children, from seeing, reading, or listening to explicit things. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, Holden values and wants to protect the innocent throughout the whole book because he is innocent himself.
Holden Caulfield is an innocent character, based on his relationships with girls. Holden is respectful to girls like Jane Gallagher who is a beautiful and innocent girl and even Sunny, who is a prostitute. Holden has known Jane since they were younger because they were neighbors and they have had an innocent friendship since then. During the “summer [they] played tennis together almost every morning and
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He wants to protect Phoebe from the negative things in the world like the ¨´F**k You´ on the wall. It drove [him] damn near crazy¨ (Salinger 221). Holden got angry when he saw the writing on the walls because he knew that the children from school would be curious of what the writing meant and when someone told them what it meant, then the children would lose some of their innocence. Holden also cares about Jane and wants to protect her innocence because he likes her and thinks of her as being innocent since their friendship was very innocent. When Jane went on a date with Stradlater it didn’t sit well with Holden because “[he’d] double dated with [Stradlater] a couple of times” so he knew what he was capable of (Salinger 45). On dates, Stradlater would attempt to make a move on the girls he went on dates with by talking sweet to them, so Holden was worried he would do the same with Jane and try to take her innocence. Holden doesn't only care about Phoebe and Jane, he cares and wants to help the people who are lost so that ¨he [would have] to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all [he] do all day. [He’d] just be the catcher in the rye” to help all of those people who are lost in life and don't know where to go. (Salinger 191). Holden wants to help the innocent like James Castle, who committed suicide. Deep down, Holden is a caring person and wants to help and protect the innocent like Phoebe and

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