Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Holden's hate for the loss of innocence. His fascination to save the innocence, erasing profanity and Aliie's baseball glove.

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There are many examples in the Catcher in the Rye, that show Holden's hate toward the idea of losing innocence. Holden mentions a lot about children, his love for them and how he wants to save their innocence. He seems to relate more to people younger than him, whether they are male of female. He cares about them so much, becuase they haven't lost their innocence, unlike adults who are all "phonies." There are three main things he does and talks about, that shows his concern. His fascination to save innocence, erasing profanity, and Allie's baseball glove.

The first thing he constantly mentions is the loss of innocence. Holden seems to gravitate toward children; he shows them respect more then anyone else. He backs this up by mentioning how childrem are not phonies. Whenever he is around children he seems to curse less, and he has a nicer attitude toward them, rather than complaining.

"Thousands of little kids and nobody's around -

nobody big, I mean except me. Ans what I have to do,

I have to catch everybody if they start to go over

the cliff. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and

all" (Salinger 173)

He is more worried about the children and their innocence, then worrying about himself and school.

The second things hes does is erasing the profanity that was written in the school's walls. He hated the ides of children seeing it and reading the swear words that were being written on the walls. He has a feeling that children would lose their innocence and more or less have the mentality of an adolescent and become "phonie."

"Somebody'd written "**** ***" on the wall. It

drove me damn near crazy, I thought how Phoebe and

all other little kids would see...