Loneliness In Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye

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The worst feeling is not being alone, it is feeling forgotten by someone you would never forget. In Harper Lee’s famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley, has pale skin, a mysterious nature, isolates himself from society and subsists a lonely life. Throughout the book, Boo’s father locks him up inside his house. Boo, remains hidden for firstly, getting involved with the wrong crowd of people, and secondly executing an immoral wrongdoing, stabbing his father. However, Boo Radley is misunderstood, his father forbids him to leave his home, everyone feels petrified of Boo, but really his dad locks him up making Boo not at fault. This makes him isolate himself and grow lonely just like Holden in Salinger 's novel. In The Catcher in the Rye,…show more content…
In the following quote, the prostitute comes to Holden’s hotel, Holden declines to have sex with her and instead wants to mingle: “Don’t you feel like talking for a while. I asked her, It was a childish thing to say, but I was feeling so damn peculiar” (106). Holden isolates himself from all the people he loves and cares about like his family and Jane because he persists afraid of rejection. However, at the same time, Holden desires to have affection so badly, with anyone, even just talking with someone will satisfy him. For his lack of affection blooms into immense loneliness. He goes to the brink of insanity emotionally. However, ultimately the fear of rejection overcomes Holden’s want for affection and he becomes excruciatingly lonely. He does not care if the person he talks too is a stranger because as long as he does not know them well, the fear of rejection minimises. Then, the fear of rejection does not ponder with his feelings. In addition, Holden goes to a bar after arriving in New York. At the bar holden attempts to flirt with a few girls. In the following quote, Holden flirts with 3 girls, all from out of town. He thinks the girls are morons and stupid…show more content…
School officials expel Holden from school due to his lack of motivation from his isolation from his family and the world around him. In the quote below, school officials expel Holden from Pencey, as he did not apply himself: “They gave me frequent warnings to start applying myself, especially around midterms. When my parents came up for a conference with old Turner, but I didn’t do it. So I got the ax” (6). Holden 's weak connection with his family causes Holden to fail out of Pency. Having nobody to support him while Holden journeys through high school makes Holden lonely and brews his lack of motivation. In addition, Holden constantly isolates himself from society and the people around him. Which leads him to loneliness and severe isolation. In this quote, Holden goes into a telephone booth very bored to call friends. However, Holden comes out of the booth without having a conversation: “ The first thing I did when I got off at Penn station, I went into this phone booth. I felt like giving somebody a buzz [...] but as soon as I was inside, I couldn’t think of anybody to call up. My brother DB was in Hollywood. My kid sister Phoebe [...] was out. The thought of giving Jane Gallagher’s mother a buzz [...] Then I thought of calling this girl [...] Sally Hayes [...] I thought of calling [...] Carl Luce [...] So i ended up not calling anybody. I came out of the booth,
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