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Mitchell Pucci ENG3U1 Mrs. Pudas May 18th, 2011 TITLE One of the major issues in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is the events leading up to the breakdown of a teenage boy, Holden Caulfield. Holden’s breakdown is a result of his relationship with others, the death of his brother, his personality, and his destructive choices. One of the main contributing factors towards Holden’s breakdown is the death of his brother, Allie. The loss of a sibling is obviously a traumatic event for anyone, especially a teenager. When somebody dies that you know and you’ve made a mistake in the past involving them it emphasizes the guilt, and the sadness. It makes what you did feel like as if it was way worse than it actually what actually happened. Holden is Allie’s older brother and it’s natural to feel like a younger brother is more of a burden than a friend. This is a great example of the saying, “you do not know what you have got until it is gone”. Holden was biking with his friend and his brother wanted to tag along, like a usual younger sibling. Allie wanted to hang out with his older brother, because it was a usual thing. Holden always took his brother with him but not this time. After Allie’s death, Holden remembers: “It wasn’t that I didn’t use to take him with me when I went somewhere, I did. But that one day, I didn’t” (Salinger 99). Holden feels guilty for his actions, which seem more serious now more than ever. He remembers that one specific time he didn’t take his brother, but did not remember all the times he did. This shows more about Holden’s personality and his negative thinking, which is also a link to his down fall. This is not the only thing that Holden feels guilty about. On the day of Allie’s funeral, “[He] wasn’t there, [He] was still in the hospital”. Holden was not able to make it to his brother’s funeral, and because of that it makes him
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