In the, “Catcher in the Rye,”Holden Claufield is a boy living in New York City,but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Early in the story you come to actually understand why Holden doesn’t particularly try in school. He explains to us, the reader, that he had a brother who died of leukemia.Holden always saw his brother as the better of the two. My analysis is Holden chooses not to try in school because he doesn’t know how he could replace his brother. In fact, he doesn’t want to replace his brother. People deal with grief in a variety of ways. Sometimes people don’t even deal with it at all. Why is that? Personally, when I feel that particular aching feeling in my chest, you know, the one that feels like your heart is crying real tears. I tend to avoid it. Why would you want to feel that way ? Arguably it’s one of the most painful feelings in the world. People tell you the best way to deal with that feeling is to hit it head on. Though what I’ve come to find with that feeling is once you feel it, you can’t escape it.Whatever, is making you feel that feeling, whether it be a person, picture, etc., you feel that feeling over and over again. It’s inescapable,maybe that’s why Holden avoids to do school work, it makes him think of his brother.

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