Catcher In The Rye
 Holden Caulfield\'s Perception and Gradual Acceptance of the Real World. In

The Catcher in the Rye, Holden views the world as an evil place where there
is no peace. This perception of the world does not change significantly
throughout novel. However, as the novel progresses, Holden gradually comes
to the realization that he is powerless to change this corruption. During the
short span of Holden\'s life covered in this book, Holden does succeed in
making us perceive that the world is crazy. Shortly after Holden leaves Pencey

Prep, he checks in to the Edmont Hotel. This is where Holden\'s turmoil begins.

Holden spends the following evening in this hotel, which was full of perverts
and morons. There were screwballs all over the place. His situation only
deteriorates from this point forward as the more he looks around this world, the
more depressing life seems. Around every corner Holden sees evil. He looks
out on a world which appears completely immoral and unprincipled. The three
days we learn of from the novel place a distressed Holden in the vicinity of

Manhattan. The city is decked with decorations and holiday splendor, yet, much
to Holden\'s despair, seldom yields any occasions of peace, charity or even
genuine merriment. Holden is surrounded by what he views as drunks,
perverts, morons and screwballs. These convictions which Holden holds waver
momentarily during only one particular scene in the book. The scene is that
with Mr. Antolini. After Mr. Antolini patted Holden on the head while he was
sleeping, Holden jumped up and ran out thinking that Mr. Antolini was a pervert
as well. This is the only time during the novel when Holden thinks twice about
considering someone as a pervert. After reviewing Mr. Antolini, Holden finally
concludes that maybe he wasn\'t making a flitty pass at him. Maybe he just
liked patting guys\' heads as they sleep. This is really the only time in the novel
where Holden actually considers a positive side. This event does not constitute
a significant change. As Holden himself says, It\'s not too bad when the sun\'s
out, but the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out. The sun is a
reference to decency through the common association of light and goodness.

His perception of the world remains the same. The one conviction that does
change during the novel is Holden\'s belief that he can change the world. On his
date with Sally, Holden reveals his feelings. Did you ever get fed up?... I
mean did you ever get scared that everything was going to go lousy unless you
did something...? Holden goes through several plans. He at one point
contemplates heading out west where he will pretend to be a deaf-mute and
live a quiet life. At another point, Holden proposes to Sally to escape this world
with him. It is finally to his younger sister Phoebe that Holden reveals his
ultimate plan. Although Holden describes the situation in a very colorful and
symbolic manner, he essentially tells Phoebe that he wants to prevent children
from growing up. He blames the world\'s corruption on adults and believes that
when he stops the children from growing up, he will preserve their innocence
and save the world. It takes most of the book before Holden begins to realize
that he is helpless to stop this corruption. Finally, he realizes that not only is
there nothing that he can do, but there is nowhere he can go to hide from it.

Holden takes a while to comprehend these concepts. One good example is
when Holden is delivering the note to his sister. He encounters a
*censored*-you written on the wall. Holden careful rubs this off with his
hand so as to protect the innocent children from reading it. Later on, he finds
*censored*-you scratched into the surface with a knife. He discovers that he
can\'t efface this one. Even in the timeless peace of the Egyptian tomb room at
the museum, there is an un-erasable *censored*-you. This incident is the
beginning of Holden\'s realization that his dreams are unattainable. Ironically
enough, it is one of the innocent children whom he is trying to protect who
finally helps him come to terms with this realization. It is Phoebe who
challenges his plan to escape out west. As he is telling Phoebe that she can not
run away, he discovers that he too can not run away. You can\'t ever find a
place that is nice and peaceful because there isn\'t any. The final break-down
comes near the end of