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In JD Salingers novel The Catcher in the Rye protagonist Holden Caulfields name reflects his uncommon behavior among others in the novel As an adolescence Holden experiences deaths that he struggles to get over and comprehend These deaths provoke him to try to preserve innocence in himself and children around him At the end of his journey in the novel Holden eventually comes to terms with reality and accepts the loss of innocence and childhood Holden Caulfields name alludes tohis trouble overcoming the loss of people the loss of innocence and learning to accept the inexorability of adulthood Holdens first name signifies the fact that he holds on to deaths of people in his life hence portraying the theme in the novel of having a hard time overcoming the loss of people and innocence Allies death is one of the major events that Holden holds on to and has a hard time getting over His brothers death perplexes him and he can not seem to understand why the most intelligent member in the family the nicest child dies Salinger 38 The night Allie dies Holden sleeps in the garage and breaks all the goddam windows demonstrating his difficulty to cope and overcome the death of his brother 39 Alongside Allies death Holden also holds on to the death of James Castle due to the fact that he believes the conceited boy at Elkton Hills causes the death of James 170 For example after Phoebe asks him to name one thing he likes Holden says the only thing that he could think of wasthis one boy at Elkton Hills named James Castle 170 The fact that James Castle is the only thing that comes to his mind proves that Holden holds on to James and does not forget about him The deaths of James and Allie ultimately provoke Holden to have a difficult time overcoming the loss of innocence Thus causing him to resist
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