The Catcher In The Rye Jd Salinger

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From the time children came out of their mother's womb, they are caught. At playgrounds, mother's hands are always outstretched; ready to catch their young ones incase they fall off a swing or a seesaw. The parents protect their children until they think that they are old enough to fend for themselves and grow up. Holden Caulfield, however, wanted to protect all innocent people, and protect them forever, never letting them move on. He couldn't think of anything better than being the catcher in the rye.When Allie died, time froze for Holden. He slept in the garage that night, and punched out all of the glass windows. When he broke the windows, in his mind the glass came back together and formed glass cases. He created a museum in his head, just like the one from his childhood (the Museum of Natural History) where everything always stayed the same, only Holden's museum contained people. The museum would be used to protect the innocent. In the glass cases Holden would definitely put the two nuns he met, Sunny, Mrs. Morrow, Jane, Mr. Spencer, his sister Phoebe, and most importantly, his dead brother, Allie. In fact, the museum was built mainly for Allie. He would put Allie in the museum because he couldn't accept the fact that he was dead, and needed to keep him alive in his mind.Holden then began living in two times at once. In his mind, he was always in 1946, the summer before Allie died. However, he was physically in the present, were he didn't do too well because his heart wasn't there. Allie and Holden had a special connection. Holden told a story about how when he was golfing he felt Allie's presence 150 yards away. When he turned around he saw Allie just standing there looking at him. "That's the kind of red hair he had." Perhaps Allie and Holden had such a deep connection that Holden could feel Allie's presence beyond death itself. This made him start talking to Allie when he was upset, and obsessing about his death. Holden saw Allie at the same level of Jesus. When talking about Jesus he could easily switch to Allie.However, the summer before Allie died, in Holden's mind he betrayed his brother. Allie wanted to go hunting with Holden and his friend Bobby, but Holden told him to go home because he was too young. Later, Holden felt as though he betrayed Allie, and that made him Judas. He couldn't seem to get rid of the guilt of not letting Allie go hunting with him. When Holden was walking down the street, very depressed, he saw a young boy skipping in front of him singing, "when a body catch a body comin' through the rye." This song lifted Holden out of his depression and was significant to him because catching someone is a form of protection, and he felt that it was his job to protect people from truth and from growing up. At this time an idea formed in his mind. He decided to be the catcher in the rye. "I keep picturing all of these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's...

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