IRJE #3

I am reading the catcher and the rye by J.D Salinger in the book talks about a boy named holden who is having a hard time in school flunking all the exams and failing almost all his classes. In the book, he talks about how his brother died and you can see that because his brother died he is still going through depression and sadness that’s why he can’t pay attention in school.

He says “I wrote about my brother’s Allies baseball mitt. It was a very descriptive subject. It really was. My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder’s Mitt. He was left-handed.”   

he also says “He’s dead now. He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946. You’d have liked him. He was 2 years younger than I was and about fifty times as intelligent.”  (pg.45)

  

When reading these lines I thought about my grandma and how she had died from cancer a couple of years ago. I thought about how she was always there for me and how she was also an incredibly happy intelligent person. After the first couple weeks of her being gone and disappearing from my life, I really couldn’t do everything the same and I couldn’t even pay attention during classes, I would have many sleepless nights thinking about her until I finally took control of myself though about what she would say if she was still alive. These lines made me really understand what the character felt and it made me have a good connection with him because I knew what he was going through. 

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