When someone loses his or her innocence it causes him or her to see the world how it really is. They do not see the world as a perfect place. People usually lose their innocence when they witness or are part of a life-altering event. In the Catcher in The Rye by JD Salinger she shows how a person can lose their innocence at a young age using Holden as an example. She says how when Holden was 13 his brother died of leukemia. Holden talks about his brother, Allie like he was a saint. He said how “He was two years younger (he) was but about fifty times as intelligent” (Salinger, 38). Holden also had to go through another death of someone he knew. James Castle, a fellow student at Elkton Hill School. He jumps out of the window because he did not want to take back something he said to another student. Holden feels connected to him in a way because James Castle is wearing Holden’s turtleneck sweater when he dies. Holden feels like children should not have to lose their innocence when they are young. He feels this because of his past experiences with the death of James Castle and the death of his brother
In the book, the reader sees how someone can lose their innocence by losing their virginity. Throughout the book Holden is put in situations where he can lose his virginity, but he ends up not going through with it. One example of this is when he agrees to spend the night with a prostitute. He says to the pimp in the elevator that he wants to give her the time. Yet, when he is actually put in the situation, he cannot go through with it. When the prostitute arrives, he try’s to think of an excuse so he would not have “give her the time”. He ends up telling her that he just had an operation on his clavicle, so he can’t “give her the time”. This quote shows how Holden is scared about losing his virginity. “I’m a virgin. I really am. I’ve had quite a few opportunities to lose my virginity, and all, but I’ve never gotten around to it” (92). He is scared about losing his virginity because he wants to stay young forever.
A second way someone can lose his or her innocence is when a child sees the world how it really is. For example, in the book Holden said it drove him crazy when he saw the words “Fuck you” on the wall in Phoebe’s school. He was mad because he knew that Phoebe and her fellow classmates would see the wall every time they walked by it. Holden is mad because he feels like kids have not been corrupted, and they are not phony yet. In this quote it shows how he wants kids to protect kids from losing their innocence
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