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Holden himself say on the last page of the book DB asked me what I thought about all this stuff I just finished telling you aboutIf you want to know the truth I dont know what I think about it p 213 By the end of the novel I dont think that Holden himself has reached any concrete conclusions I think though that eventually he will He has laid the ground work for revelation but has not seen the light Here are what I think the impending revelations entail Revelation 1 Youre not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior p 189 Throughout so much of this novel I believe that Holden is surprised and trying to pretend hes not He doesnt want people to realize how nave he is about the world but he cant contain his own surprise at other times Hes caught in the dangerous riptide between childhood and the adult world youth Hes not quite jaded enough to mask his surprise but not still young enough to revel in it I believe this throughout the course of this novel he comes to realize his place in the adult world more so than when he leaves Pencey Revelation 2 The thing with kids is if they want to grab for the gold ring you have to let them do it and not say anything If they fall off they fall off but its bad if you say anything to themp211 Now this is totally opposite to what Holden says when hes talking to Phoebe about the poem Then he talks about how these little kids theyre running and they dont look where theyre going and how he wants to be the one who has to come out from somewhere and catch them I believe that Holden was so disappointed in himself and he blamed so much of his shortcomings on his inability
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