For example, in the novel Holden regularly fantasizes about a solitary life and in this life he would be a self-sufficient deaf mute (Rollins 382). Salinger, however, did have a private lifestyle which was protected by his family, friends, and neighbors (“Catcher” 116). Another similarity would be, both the author and narrator have had influential teachers in their lives. Holden states that his teacher “... was about the best teacher I ever had, Mr. Antolini” (Salinger 174). He also looks to Mr. Antolini for shelter and guidance.
Upon hearing Allie's death, who battled with leukemia at a young age, Holden is unable to cope with the reality and decides to take out his frustrations through destructive tendencies. J.D. Salinger writes, “I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don’t blame them. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the godam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it (Salinger 44).” He was inexperienced with handling grief and death at a young age; rather than rationalizing the situation, he decides to take out his grief and frustrations though destroying property and hurting himself in the process.
I really don 't i slept in the garage the night he died and i broke all the goddam windows with my fist” (Salinger 78). On the night of Allie’s death Holden had reacted in a different way then another teenager would. On that night his parents thought he was crazy and Holden had a lack of family support just like many others
After talking about his childhood memories with his brother he states, ¨He is dead now. He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946. You´d have like him.¨ Then after talking about Allie’s old baseball mitt he said, ¨I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it¨(43-44). Allie’s death is used to show the unexpected change that Holden had experienced during his life. Allie was only eleven when he died, and Holden was thirteen.
The Catcher in the Rye, the novel written by J. D. Salinger, is also based on the process of establishing the sixteen-year-old boy’s identity by spending time in New York. In these stories, both teenage characters struggle to establish their identity by feeling loneliness, and their thoughts were changed through the experience. Therefore,
Whereas Noah thought he was the one that caused his Mothers death, as the night before she found out about his sexuality and he found out the fact that she wanted to divorce his father. That morning they both got into a fight and as she was driving away, Noah was yelling at
Unfortunately, David had a car accident with his estranged former lover. Julianna died, but David got back his life with a dreadful face. It was quite impossible for him to accept this reality, which affected his personal life and relationship with Sophia. Consequently, he became psychologically disordered and suffocated Sophia but he thought that he killed Juilanna. The whole story was told by David to court psychologist Dr. McCabe in a prison cell who helped him to realize the reality and afterward found that he was in cryogenic sleep.
He was expected to act like an adult though he was still considered a child. Inside, Holden was struggling with the conflict of reluctance to become and adult because he thought it meant leaving behind his brother. He was pushing aside the fact that people change, and that change was not always a bad thing. On July 18, 1946 Holden’s brother Allie died of leukemia, and he never got over it. “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).
Furious, Charley went on a drunken rampage and drove recklessly. Consequently, he was involved in a car accident and fleed to his old hometown, where he met his ‘dead’ mother for one more day. Little did he realize he was trapped in a realm of the dead, where most of the deceased and the near-death gathered before being sent to another place. During his meeting with his mother, he faced tons of revelations of his sacred past and learnt from the things he could not perceive by his own. In this moment, Charley was able to change from the negligence, the guilt, the
This novel shows the story of a young male by the name of Tom Brennan who is forced to move from where he lives when his brother Daniel becomes the perpetrator in a horrible accident. Much like in the Australian story In my Little Town this novel in centred all around a terrible car crash caused by a young male. In The Story of Tom Brennan one of the main times where the line between perpetrator and victim can be blurred is with the character Claire. Claire probably was the reason Daniel started become aggressive and crazy which is what lead up to the accident because she broke up with him while he was drunk before the accident occurred. This part of the book shows that Claire could be partly responsible for the accident and could probably be also a perpetrator in this situation.
Allie’s innocence is significant as he did not live to reach adulthood. Holden was very upset the night Allie died. “They were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all… I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it.” (40) Holden also saw James Castle’s body when he committed suicide – wearing Holden’s sweater. This incident brings back memories of Allies death. The way he talks about Allie is proof that Allie is still alive to him.
Throughout the story Holden tries to suppress everything he feels which causes him to spiral out of control and do irrational things but starts to realise people need to grow up but kids also need to be kids.. When Holden 's brother, Allie, died he did this, “I was only thirteen, and they were going to have my psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don 't blame them. I really don 't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it.