What Is The Catcher In The Rye Loss Of Innocence

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In the book “The Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy, discovers what the “real” world is actually like. He attends multiple schools but he drops out of every single one, he loses his brother to cancer, and his parents don’t support him in any way, shape, or form. When Holden gets kicked out of Pencey Prep, he decides that he will live on his own in New York for a few days and then return to his house. Over those days he learns the hardships that people go through in life and the horrors of the world. Throughout the story, we learn that the main theme is the protection of childhood innocence. As Mr. Antolini speaks to Holden about his schooling and how he keeps dropping out of each school, he brings up a point about a man falling. Mr. Antolini tells Holden,…show more content…
The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit the bottom. He just keeps falling and falling” (187). Mr. Antolini brings this up because he believes that if Holden keeps on going the way he is going, he will eventually hit rock bottom and he won’t even realize that he should’ve tried harder in life. This also has another meaning to it, Mr. Antolini brings up the point about Holden falling and this is stating that every person, no matter who they are, will lose their innocence, or fall, and they won’t even know how or when it occurred. This is showing that Holden is very close to falling or losing his innocence and it could occur at any point in time. Although Holden is very near to falling, he doesn’t want younger kids to be close to falling either and he expresses this to Phoebe. Holden explains he wants to be “the catcher in the rye” and stop children from falling over a cliff. As Holden

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