Catcher In The Rye Speeches

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At the age of fifteen, we are all struggling as we deal with the anxiety of coming of age. Here we are, just getting out of our awkward middle-school stages where we confusingly stood with our colorful hair, braces, and sweatpants we wore that cut off just above our ankles. High school is a time to transition, slowly, as we prepare ourselves to step out in the real world, on our own. As we make this gradual transformation to mold ourselves into whomever it is we are sending off into that world where we are on our own, all these confusing emotions are being dodged right at us, emotions that we have never understood or felt so strongly before. Holden is still trying to take on these emotions all at once, his feelings of anxiety, depression,…show more content…
A feeling so distracting that it’s all that crosses your mind. Holden is a victim of the attack of this feeling, for all that he thinks about and all that he feels will get him through the times he deals with trouble is the thought and memories he shared with Jane. As us teenagers transform and make steps to try to move on into the real world, there are often questions that cross our mind, times where we are confused why the outcomes always have to be the way they are, unfair. Holden always seems confused and wants to question why the world around him has to be the way it is, unjust and immoral. The song that well relates to these situations is “Hey There, Delilah” by the Plain White T’s. In both the song “Hey There, Delilah” and The Catcher in the Rye, By J.D. Salinger, the main character is captured by the thought of the girl they love and the thought of always being able to save others, which in Holdens case is the naive people around him and in lead singer, Tom Higgenson’s case is…show more content…
The singer describes his faithfulness for being there for dear Delilah when he says, “Hey there Delilah I know times are getting hard, but just believe me girl, someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar, we'll have it good.” He also indicates that he would go to extremes for Delilah when he says, “A thousand miles seems pretty far, but theyve got planes and trains and cars. I’d walk to you if i had no other way.” These promises made throughout the song connects much to Holden as he was always there for Jane. Jane faced tough times having to deal with her lousy stepfather. Holden reminisces to the time where he and Jane were playing checkers out on the front porch on a rainy day when he stepfather comes out, asking her where the cigarettes are. Jane stayed silent through this scene until her stepfather goes out of sight, and she let it all out. Seeing her cry made Holden sensitive and he went to comfort her. Holden says, “So what i did, i went over and made her move over on the glider so that i could sit down next to her-i practically sat down on her lap, as a matter of fact. Then she really started to cry, and the next thing i knew, i was kissing her all over-anywhere-her eyes, her nose, her forehead, her eyebrows and all, her ears-her whole face except her mouth and all.” This small act of love and kindness

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