How Does Holden Present Death In Catcher In The Rye

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Change is an inevitable aspect of life. However, each person will either accept or unaccept the phenomenon based on the way it affects them. In J.D. Salinger’s novel, Catcher in the Rye, the main character Holden is an adolescent who refuses to accept loss, that is a change caused by the death of his brother. The story captures Holden’s thoughts and actions as he makes his way through New York City over the course of a weekend. Salinger makes use of details and symbols in order to show the non acceptance of loss. A plethora of details help the author portray the non acceptance of the concept of death. Holden shows his denial of Allie’s death through his brash reactions. Upon hearing his decease, Holden “... broke all the windows in the garage ... [and] slept in the garage” (Salinger 44). This displays Holden’s impulsive reactions towards the death, and shows how he refuses to face the loss. The underagged character furthermore…show more content…
Details such as Holden’s impulsive reactions, his parents’ neglect towards him, and his conversations with Allie, emphasize the fact that he refused to believe in loss. Symbolism through the mummy exhibit, ducks, and the catcher in the rye, further exemplify the character’s neglect towards the phenomenon. People cope with the parting of a loved one through different means that suit them. Some indulge in the fact that they are taken from the world, while others do not accept this and continue their lives with the belief that the individual is still living. Although it is traumatic, everyone must experience death at one point or another. It is an inevitable concept that must be accepted at one point or another. Providing one with the proper care and support during this depressing experience is imperative for returning them to their original state of mind. By doing so, one will remain in the world and live their life in acceptance of
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