The Catcher in the Rye Essay | Innocence as Represented in "Catcher in the Rye"

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Innocence as Represented in "Catcher in the Rye"

Summary: Discusses the symbolism of the character of Phoebe in "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger.
Often times an author creates something good enough to be considered a masterpiece. These masterpieces all have different distinguishing characteristics. In J.D. Salinger's work of art, The Catcher in the Rye, symbolism is like the key ingredient of a recipe. Without the representation of certain abstract ideas through symbolism, the novel would not have such an effect on the minds of readers. Holden Caulfield's sister Phoebe therefore represents something greater than a simple being. She embodies what Holden values more than anything; innocence and compassion. Thus, the few instances when Holden is genuinely happy and unaffected by his painful awakenings to the adult world deal only with children, because he feels they symbolize a miniature uncorrupted society.

Holden idealizes Phoebe because of her innocence. He feels that children are able to successfully appear dignified in situations that would make adults look...

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