How Does Holden Lose His Innocence

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Even though he has not truly lost his innocence, Holden tries to protect other children from losing their's. He tends to act naive toward the current situation. The fact that Holden refuses to partake in sex exemplifies how he still holds on to his innocence. J.D Salinger, the author of the book; Catcher In The Rye writes about the importance of innocence and how it affects Holden's life. Holden still clings onto his innocence. Holden tries to protect other children from losing their innocence because he places his innocence paramount to everything else. "Somebody'd written "fuck you" on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant." (Salinger 201) This is important because it proves how much Holden's mind is affected by the thought of children losing their innocence. He almost goes mad over the idea of his sister seeing profanity. On that same page Holden remarks "I kept wanting to kill whoever'd written it" …show more content…
"Then, in the window almost right over his, I saw a man and a woman squirting water out of their mouths on each other." (Salinger 62) Holden sees a couple through a hotel room partaking in some sort of role playing sexual activity, unaware of what's going on Holden laughs it off. He continues to look around chuckling to himself. "Hey, listen," I said. "You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?" (Salinger 60) Holden shows his innocence through a conversation with the taxi driver when he asks about the ducks, not knowing that the ducks fly south for the winter. Holdens innocence is still lingering around and it shows when he is put into certain situations where he acts in a way a child would