The Catcher in the Rye
In the Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, Holden Caulfield a teen living in 1950’s New York is affected by his siblings in a way that changes his outlook on life. Holden, a recently expelled high school student must deal with city life and loneliness after loosing his brother. When we first meet Holden he is in a mental hospital telling his story in novel form from there.
When Holden was younger he experienced the suffering that followed the death of his Brother Ally. He was helped through this time by his younger sister phoebe. The reader sees this when Holden’s mood seems to change when he talks about or is around Phoebe.
Another way Holden’s life is influenced by his siblings are How Holden pictures himself catching children from stumbling over a cliff to protect them from losing their innocence. Holden has this motif because he lost his brother Ally due to something he could not prevent or stop. This made Holden want to protect the children he can from losing their innocence.
When Holden is expelled from school all he can do is think of what his parents will think when they hear about it. When Holden goes home he sneaks into his sister phoebes room to talk to her and see how things have been. This shows how Holden would much rather turn to his sister than his parents showing the reader that Holden has a certain trust for his sister.
In conclusion you can see how Holden’s siblings change his outlook and view on life and everything it throws at him.