The significance of James Castle

The significance of James Castle - ' home,oncemore,Holden'....

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The significance of James Castle's brave though ill-considered and tragic death is that it strikes  home, once more, Holden's concern about protecting innocence. Holden says that he hardly knew  James, but he feels an apparent closeness, perhaps symbolized by the fact that Castle died in  Holden's sweater. Holden mentions that the two were linked alphabetically at roll call: "Cabel, R.,  Cabel, W., Castle, Caulfield." We can imagine the sensitive Holden's reaction the first time the roll  was called without James' name. Some critics want to make something more of Castle's martyrdom,  noting that he shares initials with another classic martyr, Jesus Christ, although that seems a stretch.  It's enough that life's cruel side took another innocent victim, and Holden would like to do what he  can to stop that. When Phoebe asks Holden what he would like to 
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