The Detrimental Effect Of A Sibling's Death On Holden Caulfield

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The Detrimental Effect of a Sibling’s Death on Holden Caulfield No one really thinks about how devastating it might be to lose a sibling when you're young. However, Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” has to experience this devastation. Holden is merely 13 years old when his 11 year old brother Allie dies of leukemia. The two boys were extremely close and Holden is traumatized, he spends that night punching out windows with his bare hands. Many articles have been written about the adverse effects of a sibling’s death has on a child, even later in life, and Holden was surely effected. After Allie’s death, Holden isolates himself, begins to do worse in school, and grasps onto the concept on innocence and childhood and cannot let go. People tend to isolate themselves when they're sad or overwhelmed, Holden Caulfield is no exception.…show more content…
When Holden hears the quote, “if a body meet a body coming through the rye,” he hears it as, “if a body catch a body coming through the rye.” Holden says, “I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff.” (47-50.2) Holden believes that maybe if he catches the kids, and saves them from the cliff, maybe that means he can protect their childhood purity innocence as well. Another article, “Dealing with the Death and Loss of a Sibling.” states that, “this brother or sister’s death can make you feel older.” This may be where Holden's connection innocence comes from, like other surviving children, he feels as if he had to grow up too fast to deal with his

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