I chose this song to describe Holden because he smokes. Holden smokes cigarettes well at least used to. I used the song "Forrest Gump" by Frank Ocean because it is deeply detailed about how a significant other "runs" their mind and how they smoke to keep them from running on their mind. "My fingertips, and my lips, they burn from the cigarettes. Forrest Gump, you run my mind boy." He's smoking to get his mind off of something that is bothering him. In this case it is a boy. "After Old Sunny was gone, I sat in the chair for a while and smoked a couple of cigarettes. It was getting daylight outside. Boy, I felt miserable. I felt so depressed, you can't imagine" (Salinger 98). Holden is smoking a few cigarettes to get his mind off of his feelings. He is feeling very depressed because of reminiscing. In conclusion, the two are similar because both characters resolve to smoking to get stuff off of their mind.
My second song choice of song to characterize Holden is "Feedback" by Kanye West. I chose this song because the similarities in traits between the two characters. A few parts of the song, Kanye talks about how he's crazy. Like Holden who also states that he was crazy. "I've been out of my mind, a long time." and "Name one genius that ain't crazy" both relate to Holden in a few ways. The first quote corresponds to the Catcher in the Ryes quotes "I was only thirteen and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed" (Salinger 38-39). The second quote relates by Holden thinking he's so much better than the three schools he has been kicked out of.
The third song choice was "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by J Cole. This song is about the emotions felt in this state of depression. Holden often refers back to his depression and loneliness. "...it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome" (Salinger 153). To relate the lyrics, J Cole sings about how his depression is affecting him and causing him pain inside. "Gone insane from the pain that they surely know". Both characters are experiencing pain and distress.
The next song I chose to analyze and relate to "The Catcher in the Rye" is "Wet Dreamz" by J Cole. I designated this song to compare with Holden because this song is how he lost his virginity. Holden loses his virginity in the book. "If you want to know the truth, I am a virgin... I came close to doing it" (Salinger 89). Holden is just describing his current status. "I ain't ever did this before." J Cole was just stating his status as well saying he was a virgin.
The final song i chose to compare to Holden in "The Catcher in the Rye" is the song, "To Be Alone" by Hozier. I decided on this song because the similarities between characters. They both have a love/hate relationship with being alone. "Never feel too good in crowds." The song goes on explaining how he would rather be with his significant other than anybody else. "Practically the whole school except me was there" (Salinger 3). Holden chose to go up on a hill to watch a football game rather than to be with people. In conclusion both characters love being alone yet hate the feeling.