Catcher In The Rye Rdquo Analysis

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In The Catcher and the Rye, J.D. Salinger depicts the story of a young adolescent whose inability to relate to others coupled with his resistance to the challenges of growing up both contribute to his increasing detachment to the real world. Salinger’s use of symbols in the novel such as the historical museum and the “Catcher in the Rye” lyric allows the reader to better understand the explanation for Holden’s desire for everything to remain the same and not lose its innocence. Throughout the middle of the novel and onwards, Holden explains of his dreams about a world in which he can stand on a cliff and prevent the many children that are playing on it from falling off. In Holden’s mind, the edge of the cliff metaphorically represents the perils of adulthood and the falling out of innocence. As the “catcher of the rye,” he could help prevent the loss of innocence by helping the children who are unaware of what adversity is usually associated with growing up. Holden first mentions the song lyric when he hears a young boy singing it in the street. Although Phoebe attempts to correct Holden by telling him that the lyrics are instead “if a…show more content…
In Holden’s mind, the museum is uncomplicated, predictable, and does not change. Holden believes that if his life was placed inside a glass box like the ones found in the museum, he would not have to face the obstacles, judgment, and pressure of life. Holden mentions that every time he returns to visit the museum he feels changed but yet the museum remains the same. However, he refuses to elaborate and in doing so, he does not want to confront his feelings. For Holden, the museum provides a safe haven that, like his rye field, is idyllic, never changes, and allows for him to continue being comfortable just as he

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