Essay about Analysis Of Holden 's ' The Rye '

884 Words Dec 18th, 2015 4 Pages
The lack of significant friendships in both books gives a second example of how relationships become diluted in the aftermath of death. Repeatedly throughout “Catcher in the Rye”, Holden claims to want a separation from other people and to spend time by himself, yet he constantly seeks out companionship. Though the reader only gets to know Holden over a few day span, he spends a large majority of the time pursuing any and all forms of camaraderie, despite his saying otherwise. He seeks out Ackley, Sally, Jane, Sunny, Carl and a whole cast of other characters. However, Holden describes essentially everyone he encounters as phony, which alters his ability to make significant friendships with any of the people he describes and/or encounters throughout the novel. No one, in Holden’s mind, can match the unflawed image that he reserves for Allie, making every other person fail in comparison. Furthermore, though Holden is somewhat unconscious that Allie’s death has a substantial impact on his attitude and his actions, on some level, Holden knows that no one comprehends the grief he feels over the death of his brother, making it hard to relate with other people. Besides his interaction with Phoebe, Holden only discusses Allie with Stradlater at the beginning of the novel and is immediately shut down. Stradlater asks Holden to write something descriptive for his English class and Holden obliges, however, instead of writing about a room or house like Stradlater asks, Holden chooses…

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