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Children have a power to imagine that is almost magical when compared to the adult imagination and this is something irrevocable that a child loses when he or she becomes bound by logic - Joseph Weizenbaum The novel Catcher In The Rye written by JD Salinger is about Holden Caulfield a boy who has just been expelled from his school and the day leading up to telling his parents he has been kicked out Throughout the novel Holden yearns for the innocence of youth and heeds other children to hold on to theirs because he has experienced adulthood and the responsibility coupled with it The thought of change especially due to a change in viewpoint sickens Holden The best thing though in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was Nobodyd move Nobodyd be different The only thing that would be different would be you Pg 121 This shows Holdens longing for his innocence because the thought of the times that he had gone to the museum and been innocent depresses him He wishes that he could go in there with the same perspective that he had when he was younger and it saddens him that he has lost that youthful perception Holden desires a fixed world that is uncomplicated and unchanging much like a museum because it is what the world of a child is like And run around the goddamn house naked With Jane around and all Pg 32 This shows Holdens distaste of anything with an indication of taking away a childs innocence the hint that there may be sexual abuse infuriates him because he does not want Jane to grow up Jane is one of the people in Holdens life that he can be comfortable with which allows him to be in a state of childlike bliss this calms him and the fact that someone would deflower an innocent girl inconsequentially forcing her to grow up enrages
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