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Falling from Grace They say that time changes things but you actually have to change them yourself -Andy Worhol In the novel The Catcher in the Rye the main character Holden slowly comes to the realization that everything will lose its innocence but not everything will become corrupted Holden Caulfield despises time because it accompanies change Throughout Holdens life change has always led to misery Watching his brother turn from a childrens book writer into a filmmaker changing school and losing his younger brother to leukemia all affected him The most hateful thing for Holden that derives from time is growing up Holden find adults repulsive - having been subjected to molestation when he was younger But no matter how hard he tries he cannot stop the process of maturing As the book progresses Holden orders a prostitute drinks all night in a bar and at one point roams around New York while soaking wet In a sense he loses his innocence through the course of the book However at the beginning of the novel Holden is still very innocent and virtually uncorrupted You never saw such gore in your life It partly scared me and it partly fascinated me All that blood and all sort of made me look tough Id only been in about two fights in my life and I lost both of them Im not too tough Im a pacifist if you want to know the truth 45 Holden feels like a big shot with the blood on his face and it makes him feel good to seem stronger then others around him Even though he pretends to dislike movies he still watches them The goddam movies They can ruin you Im not kidding 104 Watching movies contributes to Holdens vivid and often violent imagination and his rampant cussing Later in the novel is when he finally realizes he is no longer an innocent child I kept walking and
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