Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye endorses a society intertwined by modernism and the interesting aspects that are evident through it. There are many themes that catch the readers eye; however, some are definitely greater then others in terms to the factors of modernism. J.D. Salinger now world renown for his amazing work, The Catcher in the Rye, and is studied by high school students and college students abroad. In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger portrays numerous aspects of modernism through no developing themes.
Through countless experiences various characters begin to realize the perceptions of themselves and the world around them are changing, in compilation with the loss of innocence shown very evidently. For example, Holden erases a sign on the stairs that says "#&@$ You". Holden witnessing that was very depressing to him because not only was there that one, but more and more and more that he located around the museum as well, these remarks that he finds symbolize to Holden that even kids Phoebe's age, are in risk of seeing this and losing their vital innocence that they have. Allie dying is very significant to Holden's life as a whole. His life was perfect, his family loved him, he loved his family, and then his brother died whom he cared for dearly. All the windows in the garage were knocked out and Holden also tried to shatter the windows in the station wagon as well, but with no avail. This is showing his extreme hurt and anger from his brother's tragic death by leukemia. To Holden, losing your innocence is becoming an adult, "a corrupt adult", which Holden very much is not partial to, so he continues to fail out of prep schools so that he can wait as long as he possibly can to enter the adult world that he despises with such intensity.
As Holden evolves through numerous revelations, he continues to year for the permanence in his life that he has no immediate control over.