Holden Caulfield Argument And Analysis

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The argument that throughout Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Holden Caulfield is portrayed as an abused adolescent, who is trying to protect the virtue of innocence while he ironically needs saving himself. Throughout Baumbach’s argument and analysis, it is clear that he believes Holden is struggling to hold on to his innocence when he states “This is his paradox: he must leave innocence to protect innocence” (paragraph 5, line 5). In this quote, Baumbach explains to the readers that Holden struggles to be himself due to the fact that he can not let go of his innocence. This is due to the fact Holden’s main concern about letting go of his innocence is that he will become fake or ‘phony’ like everyone else. Baumbach stated this when he
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