Analysis Of ' Salinger 's ' The Catcher Rye ' Essay

1010 Words Dec 5th, 2015 5 Pages
1. “Then something terrible happened just as I got in the park. I dropped old Phoebe’s record. It broke into about fifty pieces. It was in a big envelope and all, but it broke anyway. I damn near cried, it made me feel so terrible, but all I did was, I took the pieces out of the envelope and put them in my coat pocket,” (Salinger 170).
This passage in The Catcher in the Rye has a significant meaning behind it that is integral for all of the readers to understand. During this scene, Holden had bought his sister a record that he thought she would love. He then had gone to the bar alone and was drunk since he was feeling very lonely. Afterwards he decided to go for a walk in the park because he was feeling especially lonely at bar. During this walk that he decided to take, an unfortunate incident occurred. While he was walking he dropped the envelope that had the record in it and broke it into pieces on the floor. After this incident occurred, Holden was an emotional wreck. He was extremely sad and depressed which nearly made him break out in tears. At this point, I was very confused to why he was sad over a record. The reason for why he was sad was not clearly stated in the novel since you would not think that someone would be so emotional for a record. However, I do not think that his condition had anything to do with the broken record because he had enough money to buy another record the next day. I also do not think that it had anything to do with giving his sister a…

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