All I Want Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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The song “All I Want” by Kodaline refers to Holden’s feelings toward Phoebe near the end of the book. For example, when Holden is delusional, he thinks he is going to die of pneumonia and says, “...so finally what I figured I’d do, I figured I’d better sneak home and see her, in case I died and all” (Salinger 156). Holden’s one wish before he dies (or so he thinks) was to go see his kid sister Phoebe. Holden has a very close relationship with his sister, and they are both very fond of the other. This mindset is displayed by the members of Kodaline when they sing “‘cause if I could see your face once more/ I could die a happy man I’m sure” (Kodaline). While “All I Want” is admittedly about a romantic relationship and not one of a sibling nature, …show more content…
This pertains to Holden’s desire to connect with any girl he meets. In Catcher in the Rye, for instance, Holden drinks a tad too much and decides to call Sally. He says, “I was too drunk, I guess. So what I did, I gave old Sally Hayes a buzz.” (Salinger 150). This shows that Holden is too afraid to reach out to anyone while sober, which is seen when he wants to call his family or friends but ultimately decides he’s “not in the mood” earlier in the novel. Once he drinks enough, however, all his inhibitions are gone and he tries to find a girl to give him love. Sheeran displays this exact attitude toward romance when he sings “Maybe tonight I'll call ya/ After my blood turns into alcohol” (Sheeran). Sheeran depicts a man too afraid to talk to the potential love of his life until booze is added into the mix-- so much booze, in fact, that he claims his blood is more alcohol than actual blood. In the novel, Holden mentions multiple times his ability to hold copious amounts of liquor, so to get drunk enough to want to call Sally must have been a feat for him. While “Give Me Love” represents Holden’s drinking and inner desires, a song by 3OH!3 sheds some light on Holden’s love life and his

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