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There is a time in a persons existence when they loose their innocence No longer are they sheltered from the harsh outside world they are a part of it They are now corrupt A process that engulfs all and is only stopped by death These are the thoughts of Holden Cauffield right before he has a mental breakdown Holden adores innocence and how only the young are subject to it In Holdens mind there are three people in particular Holden knows who are the epitome of innocence These people are Phoebe Holdens younger sister Jane Holdens friend from summer and Allie Holdens younger brother that has passed away Phoebe who Holden loves very much has always appeared innocent to Holden Holden is very attached to Phoebe and would do anything in his power to save her from the corrupt world that he has succumbed to The thing that Holden does not realize is that innocence is not forever It is only a matter of time before one becomes corrupt Holden believes that if he shelters Phoebe that she will remain innocent Misguided by its connotation Holden remembers the poem The Catcher in the Rye Holden sees himself as a catcher in a field of rye preventing frolicking children from falling off a cliff In Holdens mind the field of rye is childhood innocence and the unknown past the cliff is the corrupt side of the world Jane Gallagher was a summer friend of Holdens a few years back Holden and Jane always used to play checkers with each other on Holdens front porch Whenever they played Jane always kept her kings in the back row Holdens last image of Jane was as a sweet innocent young girl Keeping the kings in the back was a metaphor It symbolizes Jane remaining innocent and not letting the corrupt world in Holden thinks that Jane has not changed and she has remained
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