How Holden Deals With Grief In Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye

744 words - 3 pages

The Catcher in the Rye is about a young boy named Holden Caulfield who is going
through an emotionally hard time. After leaving school due to flunking grades, Holden sets out
for New York city. During his time in New York, Holden rediscovers himself and his values.
Holden Caulfield values Allie’s baseball mitt before he leaves school, the museum, and the
Carousel in Central Park because they remind him of his childhood, and the innocence of
childhood he hates to see children lose.
Holden Caulfield values his brother, Allie. When Allie died of Leukemia on July 19, 1946, Holden was left devastated. However, Holden always thought that Allie was the most interesting person that he has ever met. Allie was one person that Holden mentions that he loves in the novel. When Holden’s younger sister Phoebe asks Holden what he likes he says, “I like Allie” (171). Holden hides or at least does not want to join the world because of Allie’s death. He cannot come to terms with himself to see that Allie’s death has nothing to do with how he should live his own life. Holden carries Allie’s memory with him in everyday life. While writing a composition for his roommate, Holden decides to write about his brother’s baseball mitt. Holden remembers everything about the mitt from being left handed to the poems all over the fingers of the glove. Allie would write them on the fingers of the glove “so that he’d have something to read when he was on the field and nobody was up at bat” (38). Holden tears up the composition because he gets upset that his roommate, Stradlater, says that Holden’s writing about his brothers glove is not related to the assignment. The glove is valued by Holden because it is a constant reminder of his brother and how much Holden cared about him.
At the museum that Holden visits while he is waiting for his younger sister Phoebe to come meet him, Holden gets asked by a group of young boys if he knew where the mummies are....

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