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One of the most significant themes in Catcher in the Rye is Holdens loss of innocence Holden as the novel progresses shows a lack of innocence and an introduction to the real world Holden attempts to grasp back at his previous innocence as a base for his emotions There are various symbols and events throughout the novel that discuss Holdens loss of innocence One of the most significant of these is the glove belonging to Holdens deceased brother Allie This glove reminds Holden of his youthful fruitfulness and his unending love as a child As Holden matures and enters adolescence he begins to lose this sense of love The fact that he went to a boarding school may have contributed to this loss of love due to the fact that he was surrounded by phonies He starts out the novel by saying If you really want to hear about it the first thing youll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like and how my parents were occupied before they had me and all that David Copperfield kind of crap but I dont feel like going into it if you want to know the truth This statement was said when he was in a medical center after the story took place He does not want to discuss his loving happiness as a child rather he discuss his downfall in life He acts as if he is afraid of his previous innocence and doesnt like to reflect back upon it Another example of his innocence would be his interest in the ducks at the pond He cares about those ducks and consistently asks people about what happens to the ducks in the winter Despite the fact that probably nobody would know he still asks them hoping to find an answer even though he knews his asking will get him nowhere Another important event would be the young boy
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