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Catcher In The Rye Essay Thesis

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Jessica Casimiro October 30, 2015 English 3/PayLea Short Story Essay Patrick Rothfuss once claimed, “The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” The novel Catcher in the Rye focuses on Holden Caulfield, an angst-ridden teen conflicted between remaining in a state of prolonged innocence or transitioning into the world of adulthood, thus facing the corruption and phoniness that it correlates with. Through Holden’s dynamic character, J.D Salinger depicts how innocence is slowly lost when exposed to adulthood. Reluctant to the idea of growing up, Holden strives to protect the innocence of himself and the ones’ around him. Holden reminisces about the Natural Museum of History, a place he enjoyed going…show more content…
While visiting Phoebe’s school, he notices profanity written on the wall. Trying to remove them, he comes to the realization that “If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the “f**k you” signs in the world. It's impossible” (Salinger 202). Holden knows a child’s innocence is gone when exposed to such obscenities. He finally accepts that he is not capable of preventing the corruption of others. Holden sees the children on the carousel reach for the gold ring. Even though he is afraid they will fall, he does nothing because “if they want to grab the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off. But it's bad if you say anything to them” (Salinger 211). Holden realizes that children must take risks and make their own decisions to prepare them for adulthood. He is fully aware that the loss of innocence is part of growing up. One must eventually transition into a world of maturity because childhood innocence cannot be retained forever. In summary, the deprivation of one's purity occurs when they grow up. The loss of childhood innocence is the turning point in an individual's life. Those who find it overwhelming ignore reality so that they can obtain their childish ways. They feel that they are not ready to fulfill the responsibilities and expectations to be an adult. However, one cannot avoid entering adulthood for
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