This goes a long way towards explaining why Holden almost seems to be sabotaging any relationship that he begins to form!
is because he is afraid of losing another person close to him.
If you do, you start missing everybody’ (Salinger, 1951, p.67).
This highlights the fact that Holden is not comfortable in opening up to anybody, because he is afraid of making a connection and then losing that person.
Both Allie and Phoebe represent to Holden the innocence of childhood.
Phoebe, being the surviving younger sibling, represents the innocence that Holden feels he needs to protect as it is only a matter of time before she grows up and enters the phony adult world. It follows a teenage boy, Holden Caulfield, who gets expelled from prep school, and finds himself alone in the phony adult world. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has long been hailed as one of the best coming of age stories in American literature.The hat symbolizes the connection to childhood that Holden is trying so hard not to loose.The red color of the hat serves as a connection to Holden’s younger siblings, Allie and Phoebe, who both have red hair.Loneliness and alienation are two very important themes in J. I will look at how Holden uses alienation to protect himself from becoming emotionally attached to others and how death plays a key role in his feelings of loneliness. On one hand, he is overwhelmed by the pain that his emptions can cause, but on the other hand when he tries to shut off these emotions he feels numb which can be equally as devastating for him. In this essay I will discuss these themes and how they have had an impact on the protagonist – Holden Caulfield’s life. Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in The Rye’ is the complex relationship that Holden Caulfield has with his emotions.This is a thought that terrifies Holden and ultimately stops him from genuinely considering suicide as an option.In conclusion, the theme of loneliness and alienation is very important in The Catcher in The Rye.A large portion of the novel focuses on Holden’s ongoing quest for some form of companionship.This results in him moving from one meaningless relationship to another which only serves to increase his loneliness.