Holden : Falling Into Darkness Essay

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Catcher in the Rye Essay

Holden: Falling Into Darkness “This fall I think you’re riding for, it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling” (Salinger 186). Catcher in the Rye was written by J.D. Salinger. In the novel, Holden Caulfield struggles with growing up and accepting his brother, Allie’s death. He feels lonely, depressed and isolated from his parents who keep sending him away to different schools which Holden keeps flunking out of. Holden is falling into darkness over the death of Allie and feeling like there is no one he can talk to now that Allie is gone. The theme of loneliness and depression in Catcher in the Rye is depicted in the songs: “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia and “Beautiful” by Payable on Death. To begin with, “Don’t You Worry Child” talks about the singer losing his dad. In Catcher in the Rye, Holden loses Allie. The singer keeps going back to the past and reminiscing how he was happy then. In the song it says “ There was a time, I used to look into my father’s eyes in a happy home, I was a king I had a gold throne. Those days are gone, now the memories are on the wall, I still hear the sounds from the places where I was born” (Swedish House Mafia). Holden often goes back to the past and thinks about Allie and when he was happy. The lyrics “the memories on the wall” can be related to the Museum of Natural History and how the museum…

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