"Good people...are good because they come to wisdom through failure." analysis of the quote using two novels: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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"Good people...are good because they come to wisdom through failure." According to William Saroyan, this means that a person can learn from mistakes and become a better person. This statement is confirmed in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and William Golding's The Lord of the Flies. J.D. Salinger's Holden is constantly trying to preserve the innocence in children throughout the novel. In addition Holden also attempts to keep his brother Allie, alive in his thoughts and actions. William Golding's Jack becomes the leader of the tribe after Ralph's failure. Ralph also observes Piggy's actions throughout the novel. The quote by William Saroyan is important because it provides an insight to novels.

Holden, from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, spends most of his time trying to preserve the innocence of children, which is the major theme of the novel. Towards the end of the novel, Holden visits Phoebe's school to give her a note.

While he was in the school, Holden saw the statement f-you written in pencil on the wall. Holden erased it and kept going. On his way out of the school, Holden found another f-you sketched into the wall. Holden attempted to scratch it out but was unable to. A third and final time Holden found an f-you written in red crayon inside a tomb in the museum. Holden did not even attempt to erase the statement. These events reveal Holden's constant attempt to protect children and keep them innocent. At first Holden tried to protect the children by erasing the f-you statement in the school. The second time Holden attempts to protect them but is unable to. Finally Holden comes to a realization that he cannot protect the children from the f-you's, which symbolize the ugliness in the adult world. After...