The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Catcher in the Rye Essay Anyone who has lost a beloved relative to cancer or other illnesses can understand how difficult it is to return to a normal living routine and move on with their lives without the relative. In J.D. Salinger’s novel, Holden Caulfield has to deal with the loss of his younger brother to leukemia. A few years after his younger brother, Allie, passed away, Holden finds himself being kicked out of yet another boarding school, this one being Pencey Prep in Pennsylvania. Holden decides to leave school three days before he is supposed to go home and catches a train back home to New York. In those three days, Holden thinks about his late brother a lot, attempts to speak to people in his own cryptic way with confusing questions, speaks to his younger sister, Phoebe, in the dead of night, and works his way towards an emotional breakdown, all while ignoring his own needs to keep himself well. Sleeping and eating a precious few times, Holden makes himself sick and delirious in a short 72 hours. In Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, one can tell by analyzing the novel that Salinger uses the red hunting hat and the museum to show that dealing with the death of a loved one can be overwhelming for young people who don’t know how to cope properly. One way that J.D. Salinger explores dealing with death is through his use of Holden’s red hunting hat. When Holden first uses his hat, he states, “I took off my coat and my tie and unbuttoned my shirt collar, and
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