The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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What are some of the major themes in the novel?

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The theme that stands out most prominently is the search to recapture lost innocence. For example, Holden uses a kind of illogical spontaneity to try to recapture innocence when he makes a spur-of-the-moment proposal to run away with Sally Hayes. Sally's dismissal of Holden's idea reinforces his outsider status again and brings Holden squarely back to the present, one in which he does not feel young and innocent.

Another omnipresent theme is that one can use failure to become the center...

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