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Mahr, L Innocence vs. Experience

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Neil Sullivan

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Transcript of Mahr, L Innocence vs. Experience

The Catcher in the Rye
The Museum of Natural History

design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Holden is a child who wants to be seen and act as an adult
He still wants to preserve innocence
Childhood memories
Finds the innocence of children to be so amazing
Holden addresses himself as an adult
Innocence vs. Experience
Holden finds comfort and content with how children live
immaturity and lack of experience keeps them pure and clear of the dangers of the adult world.
Quote #1
" I knew that whole museum routine like a book. Phoebe went to the same school I went to when I was a kid, and we used to go there all the time. We had this teacher, Miss Aigletinger, that took us there damn near every Saturday. Sometimes we looked at animals and sometimes we looked at the stuff the Indians had made in ancient times. Pottery and straw baskets and all stuff like that. I get very happy when I think about it." (119-120)
Quote #2
" The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could always go there a hundred thousand times, times, and that Eskimo would still be just finishing catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole.. etc etc" (121)
Quote #3
"While I was waiting around for Phoebe in the museum, right inside the doors and all, these two little kids camp up to me and asked me if I knew where the mummies were. The one little kid, the one that asked me, had his pants open. I told him about it. So he buttoned them up right where he was standing talking to me-he didn't even bother to go behind a post or anything." (202)
Quote #4
"The kid was swell. He was walking in the street, instead of on the sidewalk, but right next to the curb. He was making out like he was walking a very straight line, the way kids do, and the whole time he kept singing an humming. I got up closer so I could hear what he was singing. He was singing that song, 'If a body catch a body coming through the rye.' He had a pretty little voice, too. He was just singing for the hell of it, you could tell. The cars zoomed by, brakes screeched all over the place, his parents payed no attention to him, and he kept on walking next to the curb singing 'If a body catch a body coming through the rye.' It made me feel better. It made me feel not so depressed any more." (pg 115)
The child represents the carelessness that Holden admires and lack of experience
Doesn't understand the dangers of experience.
Also negatively projects adults
It makes him happy to see children happy
He likes to go to places he is familiar with
His siblings remind him of his childhood and they bring back good memories
Not many things make him happy
preserving, and maintaining childhood
good memories
innocence- the children don't see how it could be socially unacceptable
He likes being around children because they make him happy and forget the moment he is in
Thank you
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