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Period 3 Three Thesis Ideas J.D. Salinger does not fail in his portrait of childhood; rather he shows childhood from Holden’s point of view as so overtly different from what it is truly like to demonstrate Holden’s miscued vision of innocence. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden tells his story simplistically and refuses to analyze the events of his life, indicating that he does not truly learn that children cannot be prevented from changing from innocence into adulthood. Wants connection w/world, but regrets growing It is unclear as to whether Holden realizes he cannot preserve his innocence, but as he is
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Unformatted text preview: currently describing these events from a mental hospital, he does not seem to have any self-awareness when describing the events, indicating his failure. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden swears, drinks alcohol, and behaves like an adult to make himself seem mature, but his lack of self-awareness and juvenile worldview prevents him from truly maturing. Holden believes his actions will show maturity, but he only begins to mature at the end of the novel when he realizes his idealized view of society and childhood is unrealistic....
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