Holden adores Allie and is very distressed about his premature death when Holden was thirteen because of leukemia. It is easy to say that Allie’s death was the beginning of a downward spiral in Holden’s life. According to Holden, Allie was one of the most lovable people. “You’d have liked him… He was terrifically intelligent…
My brother and him are still great friends and talk frequently. Furthermore my brothers friend did what I want to do for you, I want you to know just because you are homeless or have been homeless doesn’t mean you are less than anyone or intelligent because of the situations you had no control over. There are many of us that have been there before and you can overcome anything life puts in front of you. Start helping other people and telling your stories.
Coincidentally, this marks Holden’s physical deterioration and his self-destructive tendencies used as a coping mechanism; his damaged hand shows readers he is weak not only physically but also psychologically, a repeating imagery throughout the novel. His inability to handle reality and relinquish the concept of innocence is also a recurring pattern in the novel. Throughout the novel, readers get to know Holden through apathy and grief, especially through
“I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it”(Salinger 44). Holden seemed to be very fond of every aspect of his brother Allie. From his red hair, to his intelligence, to his kind personality. Allie seemed to be everything Holden was not. “He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent.
This could be linked to the fact that he is unable to fit in and so he decides to act superior and be negative towards those around him to make himself feel better. The reader would think that Holden feels like he’s disappearing because he has no one to share his thoughts and feelings with or feel that the lack of family support contributes to his mental instability. Perhaps, Salinger presented Holden in such a way to highlight the importance of family support or suggest how significant its effects are. This is shown at the beginning of the novel to reflect how his childhood was traumatised in the past and highlights the significance of childhood in later
Although Holden gets along with children, he has trouble fitting in with society. He often shows many dissatisfactions with the people he knows and points out their flaws. He is skeptical of adults because they are not “innocent” anymore. Since Allie’s death, Holden went through a great deal, such as his older brother D.B. leaving to Hollywood to become a writer for movies (which Holden detested) and abandoning Holden, among other things. Holden bears an emotional attachment to Allie which causes him to think differently and see the world differently; Holden is very lonely and becomes sick as a
For example, he wrote about him in a paper and he pleads to Allie in New York (Bennett 129). Psychoanalytic interpretations help readers to try and understand Holden’s psyche in order to figure out why Holden acts the way he does (Bennett 129). Looking at Caulfield’s childhood, which had a very traumatic event, could be the cause of his erratic behavior (Bennett 129). Even though there are many critics who believe Holden is “...negative, vulgar, whining, and cynical,” there are many other readers who believe there is more to Holden
In the novel he states how he wants children to be protected from vulgarity and therefore wants to be ‘The Catcher in the Rye’: the one who rescues adolescents from falling into, what he considers to be, the phoniness of adulthood. Throughout the novel, Holden has a positive attitude towards children and these relationships are essential to him. When Holden found out about the tragic death of his younger brother, Allie, he was devastated. He ‘slept in the garage’ and ‘broke all the goddam windows’.
A seventeen-year-old boy’s superficial discontent towards his disabled father’s return from the hospital draws attention towards what is supposed to be the strongest bond: a father-son relationship. Throughout Athol Fugard’s play “Master Harold” … and the boys, Hally tries to suppress his mixed feelings after each call from his mother, who intends to bring his father home. Athol captures Hally’s true sentiments towards his father through two phone calls, initially provoking irrational anger and uncontrollable emotions, but eventually leading to a defeated reveal of truth. The first phone call from Hally’s mother introduces the boy’s bipolar attitude towards his father.
Don’t you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can 't I? Just because somebody’s dead, you don’t just stop liking them, for God’s sake-especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that’re alive and all.” (143) The author uses Holden’s desperate voice to show the reader the despair he feels from losing his brother and how its troublesome for him to cope with the pain.
I slept in the garage the night he died and broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it” (Salinger 39). Ever since the passing of his brother, Holden has never been the same person as he had been. He never quits thinking of Allie and he believes he is with him at all times. When Holden is depressed, which happens frequently, he decides to speak to Allie to comfort him, as shown by, “What I did, I started talking, sort of out loud, to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very depressed.
This shows, Holden expressed his emotions the same now as he did when he was 13 years old. This also demonstrates, that Holden even as a kid couldnt channel his grief into a healthy outlet and the only thing he could think of, like with stradlater, is violence. When Holden is imagining what he wants to be he says, “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody 's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I 'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.
In many cases throughout the novel, Holden tells the reader of his feeling of deep sadness, and even admitting his depression. However, in most of these cases, his sadness is triggered by little events or situations. For example, when he explains his feelings about the phony Elkton Hills headmaster talking with his well-dressed parents, he says, “It makes me so depressed I go crazy” (Salinger 14). His feelings about the headmaster are interesting, because it shows that he overreacts and has depressive thoughts for little, unreasonable things which most teenagers at his age typically don’t experience. Also, Holden even considers committing suicide multiple times throughout the novel.
I think that things have changed because Bryce has changed his feelings towards Juliana completely since the beginning of the story because he now likes Juli, feeling the need to defend her and her family, and feels very guilty about the things he has done to her. One point that proves that Bryce has changed his feelings towards Juli is that he now likes her. Proof of this is on pages 6 and 123. On page 6, Bryce says, “I still has enough sense at age seven and a half to know that Juli Baker was dangerous.” This shows that Bryce wanted nothing to do with Juli and he wants to avoid her.
Losing a loved one is often times incredibly hard to cope with. In both the film Mermaids and the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, characters are forced to live their lives having lost people close to them. As characters experience both death and loss, the thought of it permeates all parts of their lives. Death and loss play a major role affecting the character’s religious views.