Stradlater said, but I knew he probablywouldn’t… “Ask her if she still keeps all herkings in the back row.” “Okay,” Stradlater said,but I knew he wouldn’t. (p.33-34) This is seenagain when he doesn’t trust Stradlater to stop hisadvances of Jane in the case that she says no.
Holden gives up his faith in people to trust himwhen he boards a bus holding a snowball. Thedriver refuses to believe that Holden won’t throwthe snowball so he draws the conclusion that”People never believe you.” (p.37). He is alsoalways placing labels upon people as being”phonies” which gives the reader the idea thatHolden thinks that others are materialistic.
Holdens attempts to protect the innocence in theworld is another early sign of his deterioratingstate. When Holden goes to Pheobe’s school todeliver his note he sees some swearing of the wallwhich he says “drove me damn near crazy” (p.201).He wipes the words from the wall in an attempt toprevent the inevitable from occuring, leading thereader to believe that he may experience somemental unstability in the future.Eventually hecomes to the realization that he can’t rub all theprofanity away himself.
Another example ofHolden’s attempt to shelter innocence is the factthat he never does call Jane, possibly for fearthat she will scar his memories of her as aninnocent child. The title of this novel presentsthis theme to the reader in that Holden wants tobe “the catcher in the rye” (p. ) so he can catchall of the children that sway to close to the edgeof a cliff in thier play. Perhaps the most obviousexample of foreshadowing in the novel occurs whenhis parents come close to having him”phsycoanalyzed and all” (p.39) when he breaks allthe windows in the garage. Throughout the novel herefers to himself as “a madman” (p.
79) which givesthe reader the idea that he sees himself as havinga sort of mental problem.These two peices ofevidence alone present a fairly firm idea of whatwill happen to Holden towards the end of thestory. The Bibliography: klk klk.