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Discipline: Language Arts Subject: Book Reports Grade:6,7,8,9,10,11,12


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5 songs Related to Catcher in the Rye

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Help! (The Beatles)When Holden was young, before Allie died, he was not a troubled child, and did not have as many problems as after his death. “I slept in the garage the night he died, and broke all the goddamn windows with my fist” (p. 44) When Allie died, Holden could not move on, and this was the reason to all his problems throughout the book; including his search for companionship, and his inability to find it caused him to be depressed. The lyrics of the song say: “When I was younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way”

Song 1 :Demons (Imagine Dragons)This song shows a very significant part of the book, and that is when Holden tries to protect the kids from losing their innocence by erasing the word “F**k” of the walls. “I rubbed it off anyway” ( p.221) It is also represented when Holden tells the reader his dream of catching children before they fall. “ I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff.” (p.191) The lyrics in the song say: “I wanna hide the truth, I wanna shelter you. But with the beast inside, there’s nowhere we can hide”. This represents what Holden wants to do, and it is to shelter the kids and protect their innocence.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( By: Whitney Houston)When Holden is in the Lavender Room, he wants to dance with a great dancer, to forget about his depressing feelings. He dances with Bernice and says he fell half in love with her. “I really felt like dancing.” (p.79) “ She knocked me out. I mean it. I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down” (p. 81) the lyrics of the song say “Oh! I wanna dance with somebody, I wanna feel the heat with somebody, Yeah! I wanna dance with somebody, With somebody who loves me."

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Song 5:Stressed Out (By: Twenty-One Pilots)Throughout the book, Holden is constantly mentioning Jane, his childhood friend, and about the great times they had together. “I got old Jane Gallagher on the brain again” (p.85) “I mean besides checkers, she was quite fond of all athletic sports.” (p.85) The lyrics of the song say “Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol’ days,When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out.” “We used to play pretend, give each other different names, We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away”

Song 3:Talking to myself (By: Eminem)Throughout the story, Holden is extremely lonely, and is always struggling to find companionship. The lyrics of the song say “Is anybody out there? It feels like I’m talking to myself. No one seems to know my struggle And everything I came from. Near the end of the book, Holden’s health begins to decrease and becomes physically weak from all the stress he experienced.

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“ I was still feeling sort of dizzy or something, and I had a helluva headache.” (p. 202)The song also says “ Your health is declining with your self-esteem, your crying out for help”