The Salinger 's `` The Catcher Of The Rye `` And A Development Of Characters

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Have you ever read a novel in which a character is talked about often but never appears or appears but for a brief moment? At times you may think nothing of that character, you could assume they add nothing to the context of the novel and are placed to fill up a couple pages, but on the contrary. In some works of literature a character who does not appear at all can have a significance presence. In J.D Salinger’s novel “ The Catcher in the Rye”Holden the main character’s brother, Allie never appears but is mentioned multiple times. The lack of Allies presence is vital to the key aspects of Salinger’s novel. Often this lack of presence from a character is done on purpose. It can be done to signify something, make the novel multi dimensional or to enhance the writing. Ally’s absence affects the main character, the theme of the book, and a development of characters. Allie’s lack of appearance greatly affects Holden’s actions throughout novel. This absence is due to his death at the early age of 11. The major loss of his innocent red-headed brother was enough to break Holden at the tender age of 13. When Allie’s death occurred the loss of Holden 's sanity soon followed. “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 really don 't.” Holden says. When Holden found out Allie died he didn 't cry and morn the way I believe his parents and Phoebe did. He morned through…

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