"Catcher In The Rye" by J. D. Salinger

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The book ‘The Catcher in the Rye ’ depicts a struggle of protection and an over bearing fight for the preservation of innocents. Holden Caulfield’s childhood leads him entrapped in a world of his own self-reliance. Being such an adolescent and having to face such controversy and difficulty in such a small period of time took its toll on Holden. Watching the ways of the corrupt and “phony” people Holden Caulfield finds the need to save others from experiencing what he has faced. The characters desire to be the savior of children is the dream of a catcher. After the death of Holden’s brother Allie, Holden refuses to conform and give up his innocents and individuality to the phony culture of the world. After seeing the world for what it is Holden realizes that he doesn’t want others, no matter who they are to have to go through the same situations as himself.

An example of his intent for preservation is when sunny attempts to “give the time to Holden” but he refuses and simply wants to talk. If Holden were to sleep with sunny that would have destroyed the adolescent aspect of himself forcing him one step closer into adulthood. Another displayed attempt for the conservation of innocents is when Holden had entered his sisters school only to find the “f” word on the wall. His attempt to erase the obscene word from the wall further shows Holden’s ambition to uphold the innocents of others. Toward the end Holden watching his sister in the carrousel represents him as he watches the metaphorical children in the rye. As Holden watches he allows his sister to go for the golden ring. Holden has finally figured out the you can protect and uphold some innocents and some of the children but to can not save them all but in him allowing for his sister to learn from her mistakes but going for the golden ring with the possibility of falling makes Holden a true catcher. “I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be…” The dream of a catcher, the protector of innocents