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Catcher In The Rye Persuasive Essay

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In chapter five of The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, the reader learns about the death of Allie, Holden’s younger brother. Holden and Allie were very close, and his death left a mark on Holden both mentally, and emotionally. It is inferred that Holden feels Allie did not deserve to die. “You’d have liked him. He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent.” (Salinger, Page 38). “He was also the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody.” (Salinger, Page 38). Allie was innocent, and essentially everything Holden could be/wants to be. He frequently calls himself a liar (“I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.” (Salinger, Page 16)) and dumb. The opposite of his brother. If anything, Holden feels he should’ve died, not Allie, because he (Allie) was too young and innocent.…show more content…
His parents sent him to three different prep schools, all of which he had been kicked out of. Without a solid environment, Holden has been unable to make many friends in which he can find sympathy and comfort. This makes him become an introvert. “…I was standing way the hell up on top of Thompsen Hill…” (Salinger, Page 2). He finds it hard to relate to people because they don’t understand him or his circumstances. “People never notice anything.” (Salinger, Page 9). “…but he wouldn’t believe me. People never believe you.” (Salinger, Page 37). Holden feels helpless and alone. In summary, Allie’s death plays a large role in forming Holden’s personality. He tries to graze over the subject without much emotion because Allie’s death was sudden and tragic, and he has been unable to seek support for most of his
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