The Effects Of Holden's Death On The Catcher In The Rye

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Holden Caulfield is the narrator of Catcher in the Rye. He tells us about his life and describes his relationships with all the important people in his life. He just got kicked out of another school and does not want to go home. He just wanders from place to place. Holden has so many important people in his life. They all impact his life in different ways. Someone who plays a big role in Holden’s life, is Allie, his deceased younger brother. He impacts Holden because he was “the trigger” for all the chaos in Holden’s life, he makes Holden feel obligated to protect the innocence in children, and causes Holden to only want to live in the past. Allie’s death impacted Holden greatly. Holden did not know how to deal with his death and expressed it through wanting to harm himself. He did this to escape the pain he was feeling inside. Holden said that Allie was the most amazing, kindest, and happiest person. Because Allie died so young, Holden felt that his innocence was taken away from him. This was the “trigger” to many of Holden's actions. For example, Holden made it look like he could deal with the pain he had inside himself. It caused Holden to do something that he was strongly opposed, like he was trying to escape from the reality. This was all caused by the impact Allie’s death had on…show more content…
As a result of this, Holden felt it was his responsibility to protect the innocence of all children. Holden believes that all children are lucky to have innocence. Once you reach a certain age, your innocence just disappears. He wants children to be grateful of their innocence. This meant that if someone was about to lose their innocence, Holden would save them. Holden wishes he was still a child, so he could have his innocence back. That is why he acts like a child and does not want to grow up. If it were not for Allie, Holden would not feel obligated to act as a protector of
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