I need help writing an essay about loss of innocence in The Catcher in the Rye.I need three subpoints.  I was thinking the death of Allie, James and The "F You"s on the school walls, but I don't...

I need help writing an essay about loss of innocence in The Catcher in the Rye.

I need three subpoints.  I was thinking the death of Allie, James and The "F You"s on the school walls, but I don't think it would be broad enough. I need three good subpoints maybe Holden's loss of innocence, something and something else?

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archteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This sounds like a great essay!  Unfortunately, I think I found your question too late to help you out :-(

Maybe you could focus not only on the ways in which Holden loses his innocence, but also on the ways in which he seeks to preserve it.

You could also focus on the innocence Holden sees in other characters.

If you are looking for more material, I would definitely recommend Holden's vision of himself as "the catcher in the rye."  His "job" is to save students from running off a cliff and keep them in the safe environment of the wheat field.  Since Holden sees himself as a protector of childhood innocence, this could definitely fit in with his digust at the "F-you's" he sees everywhere.

You could also consider Holden's relationships with females.  Holden is definitely a teenaged boy and seems to have sexual interest in women, but he never aggressively pursues a physical relationship.  How could this fit in with his desire to preserve innocence (his or his date's) or his fear of losing it? 

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