Innocence of Youth

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Throughout the book The Catcher in the Rye, it’s fairly noticeable that Holden Caulfield seems to identify with children more than teens his age. After thinking about it, I think that Holden identifies with children because they remind him of days when he was more innocent and pure. While helping a child in the park to tie her skates, Holden thinks to himself about how he loves it when kids say thank you for little things that people do for them. While reading the book, it seems highly unlikely that Holden still has this kind of respect towards adults. Maybe the little girl reminds him of how he was before he went down the wrong path. And then he sees a kid walking with his parents, mindlessly singing and walking with a kind of lightheartedness. Holden probably misses the days when he was much younger because those were the days that he was with his younger brother Allie and his younger sister Phoebe. Throughout the book, it seems like his best memories were with his two younger siblings. When it comes to his older brother D.B., Holden typically talks about him in a tone of disgust. This obviously shows that Holden has a thing for children because he likes how innocent and naive they are. As people get older, life gets more complicated and tough, so Holden identifies with children because to him, they are a gateway to his innocence that he lost years ago.


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