Belonging, Catcher in the Rye/the Lion King

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1. Date: 1945.
2. Composer: J.D Salinger.
3. Where published: Penguin books USA.
4. How does this text relate to the concept of belonging? The Catcher in the Rye is about the protagonist, Holden Caufield getting kicked out of his boarding school and spending a few nights in New York. At the start of the novel Holden is leaving his school, Pencey Prep he feels alone and doesn’t belong anywhere feeling very negative about the situation. Throughout the novel he explores New York catching up with people and he begins to feel more depressed and alone than ever before. Holden finds his sense of belonging with his little sister, Phoebe towards the end. This is the only time in the book Holden writes he feels happy, which is positive. Throughout the book Holden feels as though he doesn’t belong at all and never will having a very negative attitude towards belonging. Holden stays true to his beliefs and says what he thinks all throughout the novel showing a strong sense of belonging to him. He shows this by saying exactly what’s on his mind all the time. He’s having a conversation with his friend, Robert Ackley about why he hates Holden’s roommate, Stradler “the reason you’re sore at Stradler is because he said that stuff about brushing your teeth once in a while. He didn’t mean to insult you, for crying out loud. He didn’t say it right or anything but he didn’t mean anything insulting”. Holden Belongs best when he’s with his family. Not his parents but his siblings, he has a brother and a sister D.B and Phoebe he used to have another brother, Allie but he passed away. Holden feels very fond of Allie and still feels as if they belong. He shows this by saying “I know he’s dead! Don’t you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can’t I? Just because somebody’s dead you don’t stop liking them, for god’s sake especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that’re alive and all”. Holden doesn’t feel as though he belonged to his school at all, he mentions that this is the third school he’s been kicked out of. His current school is an expensive snob school he hates everyone that attends and feels as if he doesn’t belong at these schools because they’re filled with phonies. Holden says “it was full of phonies and mean guys. You never saw so many mean guys in your life”. This doesn’t help Holden to build relationships, more like tear them down. He often feels very depressed and that stops him from achieving and belonging to anything. He says things like “you have to be in the mood to do those sorts of things and I wasn’t so I didn’t”. By feeling so depressed it often stops him from belonging. The characters enrich and challenge Holden at the same time. Holden talks about building a cabin in the woods and living there all alone by himself and no one else. Then he begins to think about his family and how he’ll probably want to see them and changes his idea. He changes it by saying” what I’d do, I’d let Phoebe come out in the summer time and D.B come out for a while if he wanted a nice quiet cabin for writing he couldn’t write movies or anything in the cabin only stories, and books, I’d have this rule that nobody could do anything phoney when they would visit me, if they did they wouldn’t be allowed to stay”. So he challenges himself but his family enrich him. Attitudes to belonging are modified over time, at first Holden don’t choose to belong and is negative. He is depressed because he’s just been kicked out of school and feels as though he doesn’t belong anywhere. At the end it’s modified because he feels happy about belonging with his sister. Holden takes some of his own choices not to belong. Not only does him being depressed stop him from belonging but he also gets very paranoid. When Holden awakes abruptly at Mr Antoline’s he leaves straight away. He doesn’t think of how he’s belonging and there would be an explanation, his paranoia just gets the better of him. 5. How does this text...
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