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High Hopes by Kodaline

This song "High Hopes" by Kodaline relates back to the book " The Catcher and the Rye" because it demonstrates the secret hope for a better future and or reality . The brokenness of believing in silly things and the wrong start of succeeding. How its not easy to just pick everything up ans try and turn your life around at that one moment. As explained in Rye " Oh, i fee some concern for my future, all right. Sure. Sure i do." I thought about it for a minute. "But not too much, i guess. not too much, i guess" (Pg.14). Not wanting people to know that you some what do care and are thinking about what you're going to do with you're life. Hoping it will get better somehow someway. In the song it explains " High hopes, oh, when it all comes to an end But the world keeps spinning around." This is developing how the world moves on and continues to whether you have it together or not however to also get on board and keep your goals high. Thus, This song is a good comparison to how Caulfield's perspective is on his life and the world.

Jump by Astrid

In chapter 14 Salinger explains " What i felt like though was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window. I probably wouldve done it, too, if id been sure somebody'd cover me up as soon as i landed. i didnt want a bunch of stupid rubbernecks looking at me when i was all gory " (pg. 104). This relates to the song "Jump" when it explains " If I fell with no one around, Would it even make a sound? Cause I can't even make one now And I get these thoughts in my head. But I wouldn't do it anyway or at least that's what I say. " the suicidal thoughts of Holden wanting to jump but won't because it's too much of a contemplation to the world rather than himself. He is over and done with everything and wants to forget about it and make his life easier but doesn't know how. His only thought at the moment is death. However he will not go through with it. Just a constant repeat cycle in his head about his concious telling him to jump. As it expains in the song as well. Thus, a comparison of suicidal thoughts in the book as well as the song "Jump."

Here We Go by Mat Kearney

Throughout the book "Catcher in the Rye" Holden is fed up with his life the drama, struggle, difficulties, and life. He says "Did you ever get fed up?... I mean did you ever get scared that everything was going to go lousy unless you did something..." (pg.130). Done with the laziness of never doing anything and not wanting to do anything about it. Its a constant cycle of the same "stuff" over and over again. Throughout the song it conveys " Around here we've got a light here that's not going away. If all is broken, and all is lost. Then i've been found, so here's my heart. Ill give over and over again. Oh oh, Here we go again. I know how i lost a friend. We go 'round and 'round again." The fact that there is effort and heart in the situations that are faced but no return. Trying constantly to be the best you can but its never enough. Here we go again meaning your used to it. And so is Holden. Thus, Holden is a boy that faces a lot of struggles over and over again and is fed up but also used to it.

Ghosts by Banners

The song Ghosts develops a mood of depression as said to view the world as the lyrics play "Oh, hard to believe It's said and done. Hard to believe It's not dead and gone. I want to believe all is well that ends well. But I just can't convince myself." This discusses how when you are depressed and alone you can't convince yourself to become happy. As in the book it explains "I took her dress over to the closet and hung it up for her. It was funny. It made me feel sort of sad when I hung it up. I thought of her going in a store and buying it, and nobody in the store knowing she was a prostitute and all. The salesman probably just thought she was a regular girl when she bought it. It made me feel sad as hell—I don't know why, exactly" (pg.53). He is upset and does not know why. Holden cant bring himself to get out of the state of mind in depression of the situation and break free. He wants to believe that all will be better soon but his mind is a brick wall. Thus, the juxtaposition between Holden's thoughts and the lyrics of ghosts are both along the lines of a mind block and not knowing how to recover from it.

Lost by Kris Allen

The song says " I want to thank you for all your help, cause your on to me your on to me i know, you tell me all the bad things i didn't know about myself." The song "Lost" ties in to The Catcher and the Rye because in the book Salinger says " New York's terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night. You can hear it for miles. It makes you feel so lonesome and depressed. I kept wishing i could go home and shoot the bull with old phoebe" ( pg.81). These two scenarios match because in this scene all Holden can think about is Phoebe and how all he wants is her company. She feels like home to him and he connects with her very well. She understands him and supports him. As explained in the song as well with the lyrics. Thus, The connection between the lyrics and quotes from chapter 12 are relate able and speak Holden's mind and feelings.


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