JD Salinger's, the catcher in the rye, is one of the greatest books ever written. It depicts an adolescent character, Holden, during his teenage angst, growths, and rebellion.
In the book throughout several undertakings, he finds himself sharing a fantasy with a friend which is a picture of himself as a guardian of thousands of children playing a game in a rye field on the edge of a cliff, and his job is to catch the children, if in their absent-mindedness, they come to close to falling off the brink, which would make him the catcher in the rye. Being the catcher in the rye ultimately means to Holden, to be the one to save a child from losing their innocence.
Many assassinations and murders have been made based off this book's ideals. 3 assassins were all carrying copies of the book when they committed their crimes which begs my question.
Do you think the story encourages the embrace of insanity for one's own comfort or ability to get through bad times? And is this a good idea?
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