In The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger through the character Holden show the readers that at one point, everyone has to go through the journey of innocence. Holden is a seventeen year old teenager who loses his innocence along with the death of his endearing brother and draws a conclusion that losing innocence is harmful. His own journey of innocence consists of him losing innocence, then trying to protect others from losing innocence, and finally realizing that losing innocence is not damaging as he imagined it to be. Therefore, through his journey, J. D. Salinger proves that although losing innocence is damaging and can break a person, it is not as damaging as trying to protect one’s innocence because it is unrealistic. Throughout most
Furthermore she generates the feeling of jealousy in him by being out with Beaufort, although he is not in the position to have those feelings. Additionally he has a strong urge to protect her and even argues against the opinions of her family. Only when he realizes, that a divorce would possibly cause harm for her, he stops encouraging the idea. Newland's fascination of Ellen might be produced by his aversion of society and because Ellen is and behaves contrary to society, he thinks that they will be perfect for each other. She is the reason for his conflicting desires and his urge to speed up the engagement process.
Throughout the novel, Holden is seen troubled by the thought of the adult world mixing with the innocent world of children. This can be seen as Holden erasing profanity. While Holden attempts to erase the “fuck you” from the wall he states that the profanity “wouldn’t come off” as it was “scratched in” which shows that he believes the adult world has been permanently stained and that once one loses their innocence there is no going back. One thing that permanently stained Holden’s own adolescence is the death of his younger brother Allie. After Allie’s passing, Holden states that he smashed all the windows in the garage resulting in permanent damage to his hand; However, the death also permanently stained Holden’s childhood innocence.
( page 211 ) “ in this scene holdens emotions change. Holden starts to feel happy even though phoebe might get hurt holden was starting to realize that growing up is necessary for phoebe and himself . You can't really protect a kid from growing up , so he had no choice but to accept the fact that she is growing up. In short the book , catcher in the rye , by J.D salinger symbolizes the hunting hat as a sign of protection . He shows protection by usings holdens emotions towards himself and other
Why are disabled kids thought of as less then everyone else? In "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, Narrator sees his brother Doodle for the first time and notices that he isn't all that normal. Narrators parents believe that Doodle will die so they named him William Armstorng, which made him sound important. Narrator wants a brother, he wants someone to play with but his mom keeps telling him that Doodle can't do much because of the way he is. One day Doodle smiles at Narrator and that was the small act that made Narrator believe that Doodle was actually all there.
He fears that the world is against him, like he is the victim. We’ve learned that Holden puts up a wall, to protect himself from the real world. He fears growing up will be uncomfortable, and would avoid any adult situations. Before he goes on his date with Sally Hayes, Holden goes to the Museum of Natural History where he used to visit on school trips.“The best thing, though,
In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, the character Atticus Finch is different from the other men of Macomb in many ways. One major difference is him displaying positive qualities not seen in Macomb's other men. It can be argued that Atticus represents a new concept of masculinity because of his personal qualities. There two are qualities that strongly support this argument; Atticus is respectful to all people and he does not do the daily tasks that the other men do, although some people argue that his behavior is only because he is under pressure to set an example for his kids. Atticus one of the few respectful characters in To Kill A Mockingbird which sets him apart from the other Maycomb men.
Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently. Willy finds out his dream of being an popular, well respected salesman is impossible and takes his own life. Linda supports Willy despite the abuse and confusion he puts her through with his various attempts to take his own life, with his delirious ramblings and hallucinations, and with his constant deception. Happy still sees his father as a hero and Biff finally begins to grasp the truth of the “American Dream”. When Willy kills himself, all of the Loman family, including Willy, break free from the web of false dreams he spun and begin to understand Willy’s failings.
Holden loves little kids because of their innocence and when Pheobe takes out his hat and puts it on him she knows that he does want to leave the feeling of innocence. “Then what she did-it damn near killed me-she reached in my coat pocket and took out my red hunting hat and put it on my head. “ Don’t you want it?” I said. “You can wear it a while.”(pg.212) The last sentence when Phoebe tells Holden that he can keep his hat for a while is saying that she is allowing him to not grow up for now. And that is what kills him because she just granted him or welcomed him back in safe haven.
The parents’ actions after the change from them caring for their children to the nursery caring for them shows that they are scared of the change. The parents are scared that there are going to be further changes to their family and want to change it back to before the nursery. However, some disagree with this theme and say that the main theme of the story is abandonment. They say this because there are many points in the story which showcase abandonment. The children’s actions also support the theme of people are scared of change.