Loss Of Innocence In Catcher In The Rye

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Did you ever want to go back in time to a place where the world is full of innocent to a world of childhood? Holden Caulfield wants to protect that innocence, he wants to be the Catcher in the Rye. Just as Holden wanting to protect the innocence from society corruption he tries to rebel it as well. In the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger symbolism is used to represent a struggling young adult not wanting to grow up and rebelled causing him to spiral out of control. Pencey Prep and New York, is the setting for the story Catcher in the Rye. In the late 1940’s in the post World War II era, Holden ,the main character, of the story dreams of being a protector for children, but also struggles of being an adult or a child himself. In the story you see Holden being at bars trying to get alcohol, and convincing them that he has a gray hair (even though he is sixteen) saying that he’s an adult. This fails and it shows us his struggle between an adult and still being a child. This is more prominent in the book for instance in the book Holden said , ”I ordered a Scotch and soda, and told him not to mix it--I said it fast as hell, because if you hem and haw, they think you're under twenty-one and won't sell you any intoxicating liquor. I had trouble with him anyway, though. "I'm sorry, sir," he said, "but do you have some …show more content…
After Allie died from cancer Holden became distraught and is the main source of why Holden is as he is now. That is why Holden praises and likes his brother Allie and why he kept Allie’s baseball glove. The baseball glove was written with poems in case he got bored in the field. With the many unfortunate events that had happened to Holden and the combination of getting sleep deprived and depression will lead him to be sick. At the end of the book Holden is getting rained on watching Phoebe on the carousel and that will lead him to a mental hospital of some