Catcher And The Rye Related To Music

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CIR Final Essay Music and movies seem to go hand in hand, think about it has there ever been a movie without any music either sung or played in the background? There is an obvious reason for this. Music often reflects similar emotions, situations and themes as movies. Therefore, if the Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger were to be made into a musical there would be several songs that would be sung by various characters throughout the storyline. Holden Caulfield, the main character from the Catcher and the Rye, would sing at least two songs throughout the musical version of the book. Holden is a rebel. He gets kicked out of school and he runs away to New York. He is also kind of a loner. None of his relationships with people last long, because is always jumping from school to school. When Holden gets to the hotel in New York he is quite disappointed with the quality of it. When he is sitting in his room he says that “After [the bellboy] left, I looked out the window for a while, with my coat on and all. I didn’t have anything else to do” (Salinger 61). He had no one to spend time with so he had nothing to do. The lyrics “Sometimes I sleep, sometimes it's not for days/and the people I meet always go their separate ways/Sometimes you tell the day/by the bottle that you drink/and times when you're alone all you do is think” (Bon Jovi) from the song “Wanted Dead or Alive” fits Holden’s character very well. The song is about how he is when he’s alone he thinks and his relationships never last and how he drinks to forget everything. This is very much accordant to Holden’s character in the sense that he is alone through most of the book and he is quite the alcoholic. Another song that would fit Holden’s character is “Forever Young” by Alphaville. Holden loves children he has kind of a fascination with them. In the book when he comes home he walks in on his sister

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