Holden Caulfield Loss Of Innocence Research Paper

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What is lost innocence? Many people assume it is losing innocence in the form of sexuality. Yes, it is, but lost innocence can also be in the form of death. In Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger takes his readers into the mind of Holden Caulfield who deals with his own loss of innocence starting at a young age to being a junior in high school. Holden first deals with the loss of innocence at a very young age: his brother’s, Allie’s death. As he gets older, he deals with not just his own lost innocence, but others’ lost innocence as well. Since Holden wants to go back to being innocent and having the purest of minds, like a child, he struggles to find purpose in his life; he turns toward protecting the innocent from falling into the adult world.…show more content…
In the event of getting kicked out of Pencey Prep, Holden points out, “This is about the fourth school I’ve gone to” (Salinger 11). Holden keeps getting kicked out of school over and over again. He does not feel the need to put effort towards his education. While he in Pencey Prep, Holden states that he is “flunking everything else except English” (Salinger 15) which shows us that he does not care about his education. To him, his is purpose in life apparently is not sitting in a desk and listening to lectures, so he tries something

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