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Bell, L- Innocence vs. Experience- pd 7

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Neil Sullivan

on 20 May 2014

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Transcript of Bell, L- Innocence vs. Experience- pd 7

The Desire to Protect Innocence
The Red Hunting Cap
"Then I took my hunting hat out of my coat pocket and gave it to her. She likes those kind of crazy hats. She didn't want to take it, but I made her. I'll bet she slept with it on. She really likes those kind of hats" pg. 180
Children
"Somebody'd written 'Fuck you' on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them – all cockeyed, naturally – what it meant, and how they'd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days. I kept wanting to kill whoever'd written it." pg. 201
The Natural History Museum
"Certain things they should be able to stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone." pg.122
Conclusion
Holden refuses to accept change and obsesses over protecting the innocence of others as he grows into adulthood.
Sexuality
"'Did you ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row?'
'No, I didn't ask her. What the hell ya think we did all night- play checkers, for Chrisake?'
I didn't even answer him. God, how I hated him." pg. 42
Holden doesn't want to think of Jane as one of Stradlater's many dates; he still thinks of her as the girl he played board games with over the summer.
Holden wants to preserve Phoebe as she is now, an innocent little kid, like he used to be. He doesn't want anything to change, just like in the Natural History Museum where "everything always stayed right where is was."
Holden just wants to protect Phoebe and all the other children from the worries and phoniness of the adult world, and the vulgarity plastered on the wall corrupting their young minds.
Holden hands off his protector, the red hunting cap, to Phoebe to protect her.
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