Holden of that water hole”. This displays Holden;s

Holden is trying to hold onto his and preserve other’s (especially children’s) innocence. There are different objects and people that allow him to remember innocent and meaningful memories. Allusion is displayed. “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was, Nobody’s move. You could go there and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole”. This displays Holden;s need to hold onto his childhood innocence. Things should never change and stay frozen and preserved. Holden is afraid of growing up and the transition into adulthood. “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it’s bad if you say anything to them”. is symbolic of allowing children to make their own decisions, giving them independence and if they fail or make a mistake, let them learn and grow from it. Children symbolized innocence for Holden so they always brought him joy. “Anyways I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around- nobody big, i mean- except me. And I’m standing on the edge of this crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start going over the cliff- I mean if they’re running and they don;t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them”. The though of this ‘brighter’ world lifted Holden’s spirits tremendously. Children allow him to formulate meaningful memories, bringing him happiness.


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