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The Catcher in the Rye Analysis of Hoden CaulfeildInnocence Compassion and some Crazy Cliff A novel which has gainedliterary recognition worldwide scrutiny to the point of censorship and has established afollowing among adolescents The Catcher in the Rye is in its entirety a unique connotation ofthe preservation of innocence and the pursuit of compassion With certain elegance the writerJD Salinger substantiates the growth and perils which lie between childhood and adulthoodEmbellishing the differentiation between innocence and squalor in the grasps of society Thebridge that lies between these contrasting themes are personified through the novels protagonistHolden Caulfield and his visualization of a cliff which depicts a dividing point between theevident and end The connection which binds this gap in reality was made clear through a newfound compassion consummating Focusing on the rebellious and confused actuality ofadolescents stuck between the innocence of childhood and the corruptness of the adult worldthis novel strikes a cord which most adolescents can relate Holden Caulfield the main characterhas been revealed in the first person view in a unique narrative of a teenage boy who forms aThe essence of the story The Catcher in the Rye follows the forty-eight hour escapade ofsixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield told through first person narration After his expulsion fromPency a fashionable prep school the lat-est in a long line of expulsions Holden has a fewconfrontations with his fellow students and leaves shortly after to return to his hometown NewYork City In the heart of New York City Holden spends the following two days hiding out torest before confronting his parents with the news During his adventures in the city he tries torenew some old acquaintances find his significance in the adult world and come to grips withthe head-aches he has been having lately Eventually Holden sneaks home to visit his sisterPhoebe because alone on the streets he feels as if he has no where else to turn Children are theonly people with whom Holden can
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