“People will come, Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway, not even knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. ‘Of course, we won’t mind if you look around’, you’ll say. ‘It’s only $20 per person.’ They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack.”
Being a kid is a lot more special than you once thought. It’s a hidden treasure. Kids are able to believe in the most impossible things. They have faith that everything will be okay in the end. But all kids grow up, and they slowly start to lose that faith they once had, in their dreams and in the world. Most kids don’t realize it now, but one day they will be wishing that they could go back to the days where their biggest struggle was coloring inside the lines, and their biggest worry was what did mom pack them for lunch that day. So then, why do most kids want to grow up so quickly? Why is it that children just want to be adults? It’s strange to think that adults look back and wonder why the only thing that they wanted more than the new toy that just came out, was to be older. Well, even though this all may be true, just because you’re older now, doesn’t mean you have to lose that faith you had as a kid. Believe it or not, dreams can still come true for adults. The movie, “The Field of Dreams” helps people believe that magic still exists.
“The Catcher in the Rye” and “The Field of Dreams” are both about wanting to regain childhood innocence. The book and the movie both want people to believe in the impossible, just like they did when they were children. Even though Holden, from “The Catcher in the Rye”, knows that his dream of being the catcher in the rye is impossible, he still wants it. He wants to help children believe in their dreams and not lose hope. This also relates to “The Field of Dreams”, since it’s not actually possible for baseball players who had passed on to come back and play the game that they love and miss. Both story lines are about regaining the faith that you once had in your dreams.
Ray, from “The Field of Dreams”, was just an average guy living in the middle of nowhere, also known as Iowa. He used to have big hopes and dreams as a kid, just like his father once did. Ray’s father wanted to be a baseball player but quit after a time and Ray was slowly starting to give up on this dreams. He could see himself going down the same path as his father did. During the movie, Ray hears a random voice while in the corn fields that said, “If you build it, he will come.” Instead of ignoring the voice that couldn’t be there since no one was around, he decided to listen to it and follow his heart. He ended up building a baseball field on top of his corn crops. Everyone in the town thought Ray was insane for doing something so crazy which jeopardized his home and his family’s future, but Ray followed his heart and believed in the impossible, just like he did when he was a kid. All what Ray wanted was to regain that innocence that he once had as a child. Soon that faith paid off. The same goes for Holden. All he wanted to do was believe that the world was still as simple as he thought it was when he was a kid. He tried passing on that idea to others, but many people had already lost their innocence and just thought that Holden was crazy for having a different view on things. Some people think that Holden’s perspective of the world is naïve, but I believe it is refreshing to hear someone think that things don’t have to be as complicated as many people believe.