Anonymous said: sorry, but if it's no trouble, i would love for you to go on about the catcher in the rye and it's symbolic elements. im so glad that you see holden like i do. i love the book so much, I wish i would have never read it so I could read it for the first time over and over again. what about the keeping the kings in the back row?
jane is this super pure memory in Holden’s mind. I always thought that was why he never called her and never tried to meet up with her. He knows that she can’t stay the perfect pure child that she was when he last saw her and that she still is in his memories. She’s like this one little piece of his life that isn’t gross and sad and weird. I also think that’s why he’s so upset when his roommate goes on a date with her and talks about getting with her. Jane is this picture of purity. She keeps her kings in the back row. Although I don’t believe in the concept of “virginity” I do think that sex is important to Holden. He says he wants to have sex but in reality I don’t think he does. Sex isn’t something for carefree children with easy, happy lives. Sex is something for adults full of loss and sadness and complicated emotions. Holden doesn’t want to grow up, he doesn’t want to admit to himself that he’s one of those sad adults now. In the same way he doesn’t want to think about his darling sweet jane Gallagher necking some dude in the back of his car. He wants her to stay pure because now that he’s lost his brother (and is losing his sister), that pure memory is the only remnant of his childhood that he has left. Holden wants to freeze time, that’s where all the talk of nothing changing in the museum comes in. His brother is important to him because in death he will never grow up and become bitter like Holden did and like phoebe will do. Feel free to ask me to talk about anything else in catcher, it’s my fave this ever :)