Allie and Jane’s Impact on Holden

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In J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, The main character Holden, is a lost individual that has certain people that have immense impact on his life although they never appear in the novel. Holden’s Journey starts when he runs away from his school and travels to New York City. In the city he has many experiences with girls and other people that eventually make him realize home is where he needs to be. Holden finally decides to go home to his family and especially to see his sister, Phoebe. Allie and Jane are two characters that Holden talks in thinks about a good amount in the novel, and because of it they impact his thoughts as well as his behaviors throughout his time in New York City, and in the novel as a whole. In the novel, Allie has an immense impact on Holden through his journey. Allie is Holden’s brother that died of Cancer when Holden was young. Holden is always sad about Allie’s death and is always thinking about Allie. Allie’s impact on Holden’s life sparks from Holden feeling like Allie missed out on opportunities.Allie also brings Holden a sense of guilt and also pain because he feels that Allie is missing out and that it is unfair for him to experience life. Holden can never get over Allies death and Allie because of his guilt that stems from his beliefs of Allie’s inability to experience life. When talking to Phoebe he says, “I Know he’s dead? Dont you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can't I? Just because somebody's dead, you don't just stop liking them, for God’s sake-especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that’re alive and all” (Salinger 171). This quote shows Holden’s reluctance to not forget Allie, and move on with his life not living in regret of Allie’s... ... middle of paper ... ..., and lives his life in regret even though there was nothing he ultimately could have done to save him. Jane, was the first girl Holden really liked. When Holden has to deal with either sex or women, Jane is always in his thoughts and she impacts his decisions on what to do and it is always to say no because of how much he likes and cares about Jane. Both don't appear in the novel which gives them a figurehead-like role that also makes them seem more empowered. Many people in society can relate to Holden because of these two people. Many people’s losses or wants affect the way they make decisions like Allie and Jane do for Holden. Holden is a relatable character for a lot of readers already, and this makes him even more relatable. Jane and Allie greatly impact Holden and his decisions in the novel, like people in society’s wants and losses impact their own decisions.

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