The Catcher In The Rye, By J.D. Salinger Holden "Trapped In Adolescence"

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Trapped in AdolescenceIn James Bryan's essay, "The Psychological Structure of the Catcher in the Rye," he says, "Holden will forever be trapped in a state of adolescence due to the trauma of his brother's death." I agree with this statement and I think that James Bryan is absolutely right. Holden still thinks about his brother a lot because he loved him so much. Allie died on June 18, 1946, when Holden was about thirteen.For example, at the beginning of the book Holden had to write a paper for his roommate Stradlater. He was supposed to write a paper describing a house or a room, but Holden couldn't think of anything that he wanted to describe. Therefore he decided to describe his brother Allie's baseball mitt. Obviously, Holden loved this mitt, because he described it so distinctly and included every detail. For example, Holden said, "Allie had this left-handed fielder's mitt. He was left-handed. The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had written poems all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink."(p38)From this statement you can tell that Holden has looked at this glove many times and will never stop thinking about it. If Holden was talking about Allie, he was always saying how good of a person he was. He was always saying how much better Allie was then himself. "You'd have liked him, he was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent,"(p38) Holden said.Holden compliments Allie and everything he did, as does everyone about someone they have lost. The difference here is that I think there is something different about the way Holden misses his brother and the way he talks about him. I mean I lost my grandpa about six years back and I also lost my grandma about two years back. I loved both of them and they were my very favorite relatives in my whole entire family. I always say that my grandma was one of the smartest people I have ever known. My family played Scrabble, that board game. I think that every time we played that game with my grandma she always won. She was so smart and never even had to look at the dictionary for words. She always came up with the biggest words that we had no clue were even words. We looked them up and sure enough they were words. Every time I talk about her I compliment her about the things I loved about her. Holden is doing the same thing because he too loved his brother Allie. One of the things I see that is different between what I say about my grandma and what Holden said about Allie is that Holden says a lot more things about him.He tells us many things, including the day that Allie died. Now, when my grandma died, I told myself that I would forever remember the date, but I can't. However, Holden does remember the exact date on which Allie died. Now, with my grandpa, I was a lot younger than, but I remember that he was one of the nicest people that I have ever met. I mean he would get my brother and I the nicest presents for our birthdays, and...

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