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In JD Salingers Catcher in the Rye a troubled teenager named Holden Caufield struggles with the fact that everyone has to grow up The book gets its title from Holdens constant concern with the loss of innocence He did not want children to grow up because he felt that adults are corrupt This is seen when Holden tries to erase naughty words from the walls of an elementary school where his younger sister Phoebe attended While I was sitting down I saw something that drove me crazy Somebodyd written Fuck you on the wall It drove me damn near crazy I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it and how theyd wonder what the hell it meant and then finally some dirty kid would tell them- all cockeyed naturally- what it meant and how theyd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days I kept wanting to kill whoeverd written it I figured it was some perverty bum thatd sneaked in the school late at night to take a leak or something and then wrote it on the wall I kept picturing myself catching him at it and how Id smash his head on the stone steps till hew as good and goddam dead and bloody 201 His deep concern with impeccability caused him to create stereotypes of a hooligan that would try to corrupt the children of an elementary school Holden believed that children were innocent because they viewed the world and society without any bias When Phoebe asked him to name something that he would like to be when he grew up the only thing he would have liked to be was a catcher in the rye He invented an illusion for himself of a strange fantasy He stated that he would like to follow
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