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Sometimes a person will believe so strongly in a certain idea that they would do anything to make it happen In the book Catcher in the Rye written by J D Salinger the author attempts to convey the message of youth Holden Caulfield the main character is working to preserve the innocence of children all around him specifically his sister Phoebe The scene where Holden pictures himself as the catcher in the rye especially highlights the importance of youth to Holden Although Holden meets a harsh reality by realizing he will never be able to keep a child innocent he will do his best to do so As the catcher in the rye Holden realizes the importance of preserving innocence and what it feels like to face a harsh reality this is displayed through the unannounced setting of a mental hospital the symbolism of the museum of natural history and the reoccurring theme of phoniness Holden Caulfield suffered from an illness that drove him to a mental hospital throughout the book Holden was narrating the story all from memory This means he is an unreliable narrator and not everything he says is true Holden says I could probably tell you what I did after I went home and how I got sick and all and what school Im supposed to do when I get out of here 157 Ch 8 The setting is important throughout the story because it gives a reason for why Holden is thinking certain thoughts such as being a catcher in the rye The unannounced setting of a mental hospital helps show the importance of innocence and youth because instead of concentrating on when he is leaving the hospital or when he will heal he is focused on keeping children innocent and youngWhile Holden and Phoebe continue to grow up everything around them stays the same Holden grew up going
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