catcher2 - Kyle Daniele 12/8/08 Mr. Antolinis statement to...

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Kyle Daniele 12/8/08 Mr. Antolini’s statement to Holden holds a lot of meaning, unknown to him. Holden’s state of depression and suicidal tendencies make him the “falling man”. When Allie was still in Holden’s presence he was always with his brother, his best friend, and could not have been happier. “[Allie] was a nice kid, though. He used to laugh so hard at something he thought of at the dinner table that he just about fell off his chair.” When Allie dies of leukemia Holden realizes like the parents in “Samuel” by Grace Paley, never again will a boy exactly like Allie be known. They say “the higher you’re up, the harder you fall” and this remains true with a case like Holden’s. For Holden, nothing could be more perfect than spending a day with his brother. When he passed away, Holden fell into a constant spiral of depression. Knowing he cannot bring him back, he radically changes his life for the worst. Flunking out of Pencey, gallivanting with older women, and abusing alcohol and cigarettes was not
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2009 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '09 term at 東京国際大学.

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