Crazy by Gnarls Barkley was chosen because it fits Holden perfectly. Throughout the book we are left questioning Holden’s mental state, his mental stability. At times it seems as if he is fine, that he is like any other teen boy out there, but then we get a glimpse inside his head and his sanity is left to be questioned. In the book, Holden exemplifies normal teenage boy behavior such as not caring about school and thinking about girls, yet he also exemplifies examples of inconsistency and odd behavior such as his curiosity for the ducks and his strange obsession with Jane and his complete mood swings and hypocrisy. This song fits perfectly because like the narrator with in the song who is questioning if his actions and thoughts make him crazy, we question Holden’s sanity. We also see ideas such of saving others within both the song and Holden’s character. In the book, Holden wants to grow to be the catcher in the rye, saving children from falling off the cliff. In the last stanza of the songs it says “My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb, And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them, Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun, And it's no coincidence I've come, And I can die when I'm done.” This excerpt from the song is saying that the person wants to be like the heros they admire and save those even if they die in the end. In both cases as well, they seem to be ok with death. In the last line of the song it says “I can die when I’m done,” and in Catcher in the Rye Holden often talks about death and even said he wanted to jump out the window after his encounter with Maurice.
"I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead" (26). This song goes back to Holden's constant lonely feeling throughout the book and how he feels like he has no one to ever turn to for help. This also shows how he feels about his brother dying and how he has not and will not get over it as shown by him constantly bringing him up in many situations.
This song represents The Catcher in the Rye because Holden is very isolated and wants people to give him attention. "Never gunna fit in much kid." This quote represents Holden because he does not fit in well with other people unless he is wearing his " people hunting hat." All Holden wants throughout the book is for people to listen to him, yet he never seems is achieve this. In chapter 9 Holden is desperate to talk to someone and he invites the cab driver for a drink, " Would you care to stop on the way and join me for a cocktail? On me, I'm loaded." This is important because Holden needs to feel wanted to make his day go on without feeling his normal depression. This song mirrors Holden’s character in a surprisingly accurate way.
"Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick, and think of you caught up in circles confusion-- is nothing new Flashback--warm nights-- almost left behind suitcases of memories, time after" After leaving school and arriving in New York, Holden simply lies in his bed and reminisces about Jane and Sally. He tells of his summer spent with Jane and how she always kept her kings in the back while playing checkers. Holden entertains these thoughts of Jane and Sally frequently and is always "caught up in circles, confusion nothing new." This theme resonates throughout his attitudes and outlook on life as he tries, usually unsuccessfully, to understand people and connect with them. This song represents The Catcher in the Rye because Holden is very isolated and wants people to give him attention.
This doleful song expresses the feelings one has when losing a loved one. When listening to it, You can’t help but think of the pain Holden went through after Allie’s death. “I'm so tired of being here Suppressed by all my childish fears And if you have to leave I wish that you would just leave 'Cause your presence still lingers here And it won't leave me alone” Holden is still haunted by Allie’s death throughout the whole book. His trouble of getting over Allie’s death is shown by his inability to move on, and grow up. Allie was one of Holden’s favorite people in the world, and losing him was one of Holden’s worst experiences.