Jerome David Salinger, Born In


New York City on January 1, 1919, may not have written many novels in which he is recognized for. Although, he did write one novel, which brought him fame. In many of Salinger’s short stories and especially his most well-known novel he writes about how the main character falls from his or her own innocence then rises to face their challenges. In J.D. Salinger’s , Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield goes through a fall from his innocence throughout his journey to his safe haven, home.
One example of when Holden fell from his own innocence is when he is in the room with Phoebe and he can’t name anything he likes. Holden reacts to this question by saying, "Boy, she was depressing ...

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back of his mind, that he should also be dead which makes him depressed.
Another example of a fall for Holden is when he realizes he can’t erase even half the "fuck you’s" in the world. This doesn’t sound very important, but it is symbolic because he realizes that he can not be the catcher in the rye. His dream of shielding all the innocent children from society’s harsh elements has been ruined by this one statement. Now because of this realization he comes to the conclusion that he can not shield everybody, not even half of everybody. An example of Holden trying to be the catcher in the rye is when Holden first sees the "fuck you" on the wall. Holden said,
It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other kids
would see it, and how they’d wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them- all cockeyed, naturally what it meant, and how they’d think about it even worry about it for a couple of days. I kept wanting to kill ...

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