Holden's Theme Song for Life

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Kayla Dunitz Ms. Bentley English 11B 21 May 2012 Holden’s Theme Song Throughout time, music and literature are two things that are always changing, but you can always find some relation between them. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and J. D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye is the perfect example. The main character, Holden Caulfield, can relate to this song in ways of him hiding behind his shadow, putting on an act as if he doesn’t care, and trying to his find his place in this world. Holden is a boy of wits and lies, but he never acts they why he tells the reader. At one point he says, ...but I'd feel I ought to sock the guy in the jaw or something-break his goddam jaw,” (89). This shows that Holden is trying to build up his image to better define his personality. “I see a little silhouette of a man/Scaramouch, scaramouch, will you do the Fandango” (Queen). Scaramouch, meaning easily beaten and frightened, can perfectly describe Holden”s actions when he later says, “Only, I wouldn’t have the guts to do it. I’d just stand there, trying look tough.” This juxtaposes his thoughts and actions. Its almost as if he wants the reader to have a certain opinion of him. Holden’s overall attitude is as if he doesn’t care about anything. “I’m not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography,” (1), can agree with “I’m just a poor boy (poor boy)/ I need no sympathy.” Both quotes express his resentment towards sharing his most resent problems. “I could probably tell you how I got sick and all, and what school I’m supposed to go to next fall...but I don't feel like it. that stuff doesn't interest me too much right now,” (213). its like, “Nothing really matters/Anyone can see/Nothing really matters/Nothing really matters to me,” can best express his lack of feelings. At this point Holden doesn't know where he stands. While spending a few days in New York,

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