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The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger is one of the first novels written with young adults in mind though it is a classic within mature reading circles It is written in first-person format with the main character sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield telling the story Holden is definitely the protagonist in this novel His main goal is to attain an acceptance of both himself and society as a whole while in turn protecting and maintaining a sense of innocence in those who are special and close to him He aspires to hold his beliefs in high regards and is turned-off by anyone who doesnt see the world as he does a very unkind polluted and boring place to live Three people besides Holden himself who are or were in his life come out as the strong antagonists These people are Jane Gallagher Allie Caulfield and Phoebe Caulfield There is a great deal of irony in this being that these three people are the only characters in which Holden can truly relate to at one time or another This also shows with this conflict that one of the antagonist is himself The other three characters represent the underlying antagonistic theme of innocence of which Holden is so desperately trying to hold on to in his life Allie represents an infinite innocence in being that he is deceased and can never be changed Jane shows us the example of someone who is no longer innocent and though we never really see Jane in the novel Salinger implicates her loss of innocence when she has the date with Ward Stradlater and things are not as irreproachable as they may appear Phoebe represents a changing or loss of virtuousness which is exactly what Holden is fighting against The first point at which Holden first comes into conflict with the protagonist being innocence and change is on page two first paragraph
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