No more holden me back Jay Wilson Period 2

Count On Me

Throughout the entire narrative, Holden struggled with the empty void of loneliness as he traveled from sleazy hotels to run down bars. However, towards the end of Catcher in the Rye when Holden reunites himself with his younger sister Phoebe, he spends quality time with her by reminiscing and dancing with her. Afterwards, Holden attempts to leave New York and his home behind but Phoebe shows up with a suitcase in hand which makes him reconsider. Holden then goes on a slight adventure with her which ends with Holden watching Phoebe go ¨around and around" which led to him feel ¨so damn happy"(213). The song ¨Count on me" by Bruno Mars has a line which states ¨if you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can't see, I´ll be the light to guide you¨. Unaware, Phoebe was Holden´s light to guide him through the dark times he was experiencing.

7 Years

7 Years by Lukas Graham is a tribute to his late father, which describes the life lessons he was taught at a young age and how they carried through his life. One particular line in the song, "some I had to leave behind my brother, I'm still sorry" stood out similar to when Holden was reliving the memory of his little brother's, Allie's, death. Holden expressed the love he had for Allie indirectly constantly commenting on how "terrifically intelligent" he was or how "he never got mad at anybody" and the various memories he had with him (Salinger 38). The tone quickly shifts when Holden states "he's dead now" and how he "broke all the goddamn windows" in the garage on the night of Allie's death (38). Comparing what happened to Holden with the line from "7 Years", it's as if Holden is not necessarily forgetting Allie, rather he is moving along in his life to try and make himself happy. To transition into adulthood, Holden has to learn to cope with the grief for the death of his younger brother while maintaining a life.

The Lonely

"The Lonely" is a depressing song which describes a girl whose heart is overtaken by grief and emptiness. The lines "Crying off my face again, the silent sound of loneliness wants to follow me to bed" resonate heavily with Caulfield by the end of Catcher in the Rye. In chapters 19-20, Holden is at a bar attempting to make conversation with an old acquaintance, Luce. The only problem is that Holden is still attempting to preserve his childhood which leads to a sloppy conversation, ultimately ending in Holden being more alone than ever before. Before Luce leaves Holden asks him to "have one more drink, I'm lonesome as hell", but Luce declines, leaving Holden to get wasted on cheap alcohol (149). After exiting the bar and making a horrible phone call to Sally Hayes, Holden stumbles back to the hat-check room "crying and all" (153). Holden then states that "it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome" (153). Similar to the song, Holden has no one left to turn to and ends up crying alone.


Throughout Catcher in the Rye, Holden always mentions how he wants to give Jane Gallagher a call, but is never successful for one reason or another. The song "Ophelia" sums up Holden's feeling with the lines, "Oh, Ophelia, you've been on my mind girl since the flood, Oh, Ophelia, heaven help a fool who falls in love". Holden gives Jane a call after his disaster of a meeting with Sally only to let the phone ring but "her phone didn't answer", leaving Holden alone with his thoughts yet again (136). A mere chapter later, after Holden gets drunk and can barely form cohesive thoughts, he considers dialing up Jane but he "wasn't much in the mood anymore" (150). Holden never states outright that he is in love with Jane, but the way he talks about her and portrays her figure leads the audience to believe he has much stronger feelings than he lets out.

Can't Stop the Feeling

When Holden initially stops by his home, he talks with Phoebe about everything that he has been up to in the past week. Then he asks her to dance with him as she has some music playing. To unknowingly alleviate himself of the stress that has built up from the countless obstacles he has faced, Holden dances with Phoebe to not only relieve himself, but also spend some quality time with his little sister. The song "Can't Stop the Feeling" is about love and the actions associated with the feeling. Holden recalls the moment stating that they "danced about four numbers. In between numbers she's funny as hell" (175).

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