CITR Chapters 9-12: Lone wolf in NYC

One of my students’ blog post on Catcher in the Rye. This young lady is just a whip-smart reader and writer. I’d love for friends and others who might run across this to give her some feedback. I mean, what 9th grader do you know who’s going to cite Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone again (naturally)” and Billy Joel’s The Stranger album in post about Catcher in the Rye?

The Adventures of a Teenage Daydreamer

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Reading these few chapters, has made me realize how lonely Holden is, especially just picturing him roaming the streets alone at night in the Big Apple. The song “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’ Sullivan reminds me of Holden’s sadness and confusion, also Billy Joel’s The Stranger album. If you get the time you should listen to those songs. The lyric, words, and instrumentals somehow perfectly describes this loneliness everyone feels.

“New York’s terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late. You can hear it for miles. I makes you feel so lonesome and depressed.” (Salinger 81)

This quote really shows that Holden is now more than ever empty and broken, seeking the company of strangers in clubs and hotels, fooling around, while trying to hide his fear and pain. He’s afraid to trust people with the exception of Allie, Phoebe, and Jane (it’s clear he’s in love). Something…

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