Themes in the Catcher in the Rye

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To begin with, it is evident throughout the novel that the narrator has been traumatized by the loss of his younger brother Allie that died of leukemia four years before the story is told. One could support that Allie’s death influenced Holden’s attitude and perspective on life and human interactions, justifying death’s major role in the novel. Holden himself admits that he lost control and reacted without reason on the occasion. “They were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, I don't blame them...the night he died, I broke all the god damn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it…It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admit, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it, and you didn't know Allie.” Allie's death clearly troubles Holden, but he also uses his memories of Allie to comfort himself in difficult situations. He feels that his brother’s death has been in a way unjust, saying it should have been him to have died instead and at many times proceeds to glorify him by turning him into a role model of innocence while he tries to convey this idea to the reader as well. “But it wasn't just that he was the most intelligent member in the family. He was also the nicest, in lots of ways.”

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