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The Catcher in the Rye shows many displays of themes in which JD Salinger stays true to from start to finish On page 5 Holden is on his way to Spencers house and he says terrifically coldyou felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road Similar words appear later in the book on pages 197 and 198 when Holden says I had this feeling that Id never get to the other side of the streetAllie dont let me disappear Holdens words here open a door to a great portion of the motifs expressed throughout the novel Holden mentioning that he is cold along with him disappearing once he crosses demonstrates loneliness His cry for help or comfort from Allie proves his inability to trust or connect with the people surrounding him let alone people that are alive Holdens feelings of never reaching the other side or disappearing while crossing the road the street being symbolic of not just a physical tar road but of a passageway in life illustrates his fears of progressing In the novel numerous times Holden refers his knowledge of somethingsomeone to a book For example on page 76 Holden claims he knows Jane Gallagher like a book Normally one would compare having such knowledge to the back of her hand or some bodily feature Reading is a solo activity that occurs in the mind not involving anyone else or revealing anything to others includes alienation thus Holden being fond of it During the entire book Holden constantly does things he never lounges alone without movement He always makes conversation with strangers or smokes etc For instance on page 88 Holden talks about elevators and then says All of a sudden you have to walk Holdens need to walk is the same as Holdens need to do something When Holden does something it gives him a pseudo feeling of progression thats not scary for him because he remains in
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