In many novels in J.D. Salinger's library of books, there is a recurring
theme of the loss of innocence of children, the falling and the confusions of
childhood, and many other ideas that apply to the ideas of adolescence and the
life of the average teenager growing up. Many of his themes occur in a short
period of time in a child's life that affects him/her in a very profound and
way. The idea of love is also a major theme that arises in many of
his characters and that indicates the character of the individual. He uses love
in the context of being a device that is used to protect and to care for people
who need protecting and caring. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by J. D.
Salinger, love is used by a character, Holden Caulfield, who struggles
desperately to find a certain somebody or anyone to allocate his love to, but
realizes finally, that this love is not necessarily expressed through saving "
the children in the rye" from the time of trial, but actually caring for them
and being their friends, during the time of trial.
The quest of finding the true love of people is an ongoing dilemma in
the lives of many people all throughout the world. The constant need for love is
overwhelming, and the tragedy of this great world is the fact that some people
do not find the proper love that they deserve. Holden Caulfield is a perfect
example of the striving to acquire a love sought all throughout his life.
According to this quote, "He is simply expressing an innocence incapable of
genuine hatred. Holden does not suffer from the inability to love, but does
despair of finding a place to bestow his love" (Heiserman and Miller 30), Holden
Caulfield has the need for allocating his cornucopia of love for people. His
quest is very simple. He wants to do good. As compared to tragic heroes in the
"Holden seeks Virtue second to Love. He wants to be good. When
the little children are playing in... [continues]
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