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The Loss of Innocence The most precious time in a persons life is their childhood A carefree attitude towards life and a great sense of innocence evolve and the yearning to remain a child forever develops Childhood is the time when you set all your troubles aside pay no bills have no homework and dont worry that every action you take will upset your parents As you mature into adulthood your innocence is lost and sometimes a wall of phoniness builds itself around you In JD Salingers Catcher in the Rye a troubled teenager named Holden Caulfield struggles with the fact that everyone has to grow up The book gets its title from Holdens constant concern with the loss of innocence He does not want children to grow up because he feels that adults are corrupt and he himself does not want to grow up for the sake of preserving his innocence But in the end Holden realizes that he has no choice and must learn to let go and grow up In the beginning of The Catcher in the Rye Holdens initial character is that of a child He is extremely immature and cannot buckle down in school and it shows with his failing grades Because of his lack of responsibility throughout the whole book he also fails out of two schools for lack of effort and absences from classes Another way that Holden shows irresponsibility is when he is the equipment manager of the fencing team at Pencey but he loses the equipment on the subway making it impossible for the team to compete These actions prove that Holden does not want to take the responsibility of becoming an adult Another display of childishness is Holdens constant movement and his inability to stay in the same place When Holden decides that he does not want to stay at Pencey any longer he wanders through
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