Catcher In The Rye: Holden Goes Through A Fall From His Innocence



Jerome David Salinger, born in New York City on January 1, 1919, may not
have written many novels in which he is recognized for. Although ,he did
write one novel, which brought him fame. In many of Salinger's short
stories and especially his most well-known novel he writes about how the
main character falls from his or her own innocence then rises to face their
challenges. In J.D. Salinger's , Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield goes
through a fall from his innocence throughout his journey to his safe haven,
home.

One example of when Holden fell from his own innocence is when he is in the
room with Phoebe and he can't name anything he likes. Holden reacts to this
question by saying, ...

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both dead he feels, in the back of his mind, that he
should also be dead which makes him depressed.

Another example of a fall for Holden is when he realizes he can't erase
even half the "fuck you's" in the world. This doesn't sound very important,
but it is symbolic because he realizes that he can not be the catcher in
the rye. His dream of shielding all the innocent children from society's
harsh elements has been ruined by this one statement. Now because of this
realization he comes to the conclusion that he can not shield everybody,
not even half of everybody. An example of Holden trying to be the catcher
in the rye is when Holden first sees the "fuck you" on the wall. Holden
said,

It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other kids
would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant, and then
finally some dirty kid would tell them- all cockeyed, naturally what it
meant, and how they'd think about it even worry about it for a couple ...

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