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  • Alcohol and cigarettes are important symbols which are preeminent throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. The constant use of these drugs show that Holden, the narrator, is mentally and emotionally unstable. He is unable to live normally and constantly relies on drugs to cure his depression, which eventually make it worse.
  • Motif #2 Loneliness
  • Teenage Wasteland
  • “Donny went to his new school every morning, plodding off alone with his head down … he gathered no friends, joined no clubs” (Tyler 293)
  • Teenage Wasteland
  • “Have you asked Donny’s side of the story? … he didn’t feel he’d be listened to … why don’t you come out and talk?” (Tyler 292)
  • “She remembered when Amanda was born. Donny had acted lost and bewildered … Had she really done all she could have?” (Tyler 288)
  • Donny experiences loneliness many times throughout this story, and it is evident he does not get the attention he desperately needs. Donny is confused about who to talk to between Daisy and his tutor, and combined with having no friends, this leads to him being alone in his life.
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • "The first thing I did when I got off at Penn Station, I went into this phone booth. I felt like giving somebody a buzz … but as soon as I was inside, I couldn't think of anybody to call up … So I ended up not calling anybody” (Salinger 32)
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