Holden's Tragedy Chad Tevelein P.2

Quote from book relating: "I forgot to tell you about that. They kicked me out. I wasn't supposed to come back after Christmas vacation, on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself and all. They gave me frequent warning to start applying myself- especially around mid-old Thurmer- but I didn't do it. So I got the ax." Page 4

Quote from song relating: Can't you see that you're smothering me, holding too tightly, afraid to lose control? 'Cause everything that you thought I would be has fallen apart right in front of you."

How they correlate: Holden has a problem with complying to the fundamentals set to follow. Whether this reason has rebelliousness calculated into it or its merely just hard-hardheadedness, it is easily seen that he believes to be a failure because of his lack of compliance. With his far beyond sub-par grades and constant school shifting, it is made evident to him that the ideology of what he should be to his parents and the people around him is torn to pieces as he gives no time of day to work toward prosperity.

Quote from book relating: "Do you blame me for flunking you, boy?' he said...."What would you have done in my place?" he said. "Tell the truth, boy." Page 12

Quote from song relating: "While taking pleasure in the awful things you put me through, you take away if I give in. My life, my pride is broken"

How they correlate: As Holden was debating to Mr. Spencer, he hated conforming to authority or in this manner sucking up to his teacher. He knew precisely of his failures and had no desire to blatantly state why his grades are the way they are, so instead he fabricates an excuse mocking his intelligence. It shows his pride as to how intelligent he appears is extremely distorted and he blames his teachers slightly for the way at which he is failing.

Quote from book relating: "Then I went over and laid down on Ely's bed. Boy, did I feel rotten. I felt so damn lonesome." Page 48

Quote from song relating: I know it's hard, but I can't feel like i used to. Like I used to. Cause I used to defy gravity. Defy gravity. Goodbyes keep dragging me down"

How they correlate: Throughout many chapters, especially this one, Holden proves to be quite the lonely soul. When he was among his friend Jane he felt safe and secure, his loneliness was non-existent, but that feeling faded as their communication diverged. Jane is his love interest and he is lonesome feeling because he feels as though he was betrayed by Stradlater because of what he was doing with Jane. As a result, he feels oceans of negative nostalgia, making him miss the memories and wish for her presence once more.

Quote from the book relating: "When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddamn corridor. I was sort of crying. I don't know why. I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddam voice, "Sleep tight, ya morons!" Page 52

Quote from the song: "Don't hide your mistakes, 'cause they'll find you, burn you. Then he said, if you want to get out alive, run for your life"

How they correlate: Holden figured he could run away from all his problems to avoid the inevitable if only for a little while. He had acknowledgement of what would happen if he left or didn't. He has an emotional roller coaster thinking running away from his problems won't fix the problem forever. It's bittersweet because he knows that leaving will numb the pain for a little time, but the conflict will seep back in with time. He firmly shows belief in, however, running away will preserve his life as facing these problems head on could prove fatal for him.

Quote from book relating: "All of a sudden, on my way out to the lobby, I got old Jane Gallagher on the brain again. I got her on, and I couldn't get her off. I sat down in this vomity-looking chair in the lobby and thought about her and Stradlater sitting in that goddamn Ed Banky's car, and though I was pretty damn sure old Stradlater hadn't given her the time-I know Jane like a book- I still couldn't get her off my brain. I knew her like a book." Page 76

Quote from song relating: "I always thought I'd make it, but never knew I'd let it get so bad, living with myself Is all I have"

How they correlate: Throughout the chapters, he repetitively conveys a great deal of loneliness and yearning of presence by a girl named Jane. He claims to at first know her like a book but then rephrases it by saying he knew her switching to past tense. This shows that he has doubt as to how she is now because she was someone who he knew in his past. It shows that he has at least a slight acknowledgement to the fact that time is indeed the biggest altering variable for a person.

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