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The Theme Of Innocence In The Catcher In The Rye

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In many novels the title of the story is more important than most people initially think. It often reveals important information about the story. In The Catcher In the Rye, Holden says that his dream job would to be the catcher in rye. This is significant to the story because of how Holden feels that adults are trying to ruin the innocence of children, and how he can be the one that saves them. Holden then realizes he cannot always be the one to save the children. This is show throughout the book but especially in the scene where Holden takes Phoebe to the carousel.This shows that Holden wants to be the catcher in the rye so that he can help keep the children their innocence from adults.
Almost everybody in the Catcher In the Rye gets Holden upset in some way. That is, almost every adult. Holden seems to enjoy children. The person he loves most in life is not his father or mother it is his sister Phoebe. When Holden says," The kid was swell... he had a pretty little voice too...his parents paid no attention to him" ( Salinger 150 ). It shows how Holden immediately enjoys the child, while the parents seem careless about their kid's singing. Also when he goes to deliver the note inside Phoebe's school and sees the curses written on the wall, he immediately tries to get rid of it. He gets mad at the person who wrote it, he shows this when he said, " I kept wanting to kill person who had written it. I figured it was some perverty bum that'd sneaked in the school last night to take or leak or something and wrote it on the wall." ( Salinger 260-261) This shows that the first person he thinks that would write such a thing was an adult, he never thinks it could be a kid at the school. This also shown when Holden describes his dream job to Phoebe. When Holden tells Phoebe, " I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me". ( Salinger 224) It shows that in Holden ideal world is that he would be the oldest person one there, and he could be the one who saves them, not an adult. Holden wishes that someone could have caught him. The person that Holden caught him is Allie. When Allie passes away the thing that Holden decides to save is Allie's glove, which is used for catching. Even though Allie is dead Holden still acts like he is there to help. When Holden has this illusion that he will disappear when the turns the corner, he says, " Allie, don't let me disappear, and when I reached the other side of the street without disappearing I would thank him". ( Salinger 257) This shows that Holden still asks Allie for help and imagines that he had him to help him, to catch him when he had problems. Holden wants to catch the children before they turn out to be like him, sad and depressed all the time. Holden tries to erase all problems for children that he faces.
Holden soon realizes that...

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