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Holden Caufield is a person with many mixed feelings. His happiness was left, but not forgotten in the past, and he suffers terribly because he cannot adjust to these changes to his world and also to himself. In the strong sense, looking back at the lost sense of reality that he still hangs on to, relieves him of all the troubles he has at the present time. He always compares things that happened in the past to events that happen in the present. The song, "Hurt," by Nine Inch Nails (NIN), written by Trent Reznor, represents many of the feelings Holden experiences in his time of change. The similarities in suffering, adjustment, and remembrance between the song "Hurt," by Nine Inch Nails and the novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger show that Holden Caufield is not the only person that experiences these feelings.
Throughout the novel Holden undergoes countless suffering from his peers, strangers, and his own mind. Throughout the song, Reznor suffers from everything. As said in the song, "I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel," Reznor is accounting all the suffering that he has experienced. He tries to explain that all the terrible things that have happened to him, all the terrible things he has seen, with a nonstop chronic beat, has made his soul numb. He has lost track of reality and fallen into this deep hole. Mr. Antolini, Holden’s old teacher, said to him that he was headed for a great fall. Little did he know that throughout the novel, Holden has been falling until he reached a stopping point towards the end of the story, when he decides to stay home. This is exactly what Reznor is trying to dictate in his song. All these events have made him continuously suffer that at one point, the pain just goes away. The suffering that Holden feels, the drunk, sick, child in danger of catching pneumonia easily relates to the dying, beaten young man that Reznor feels he has become.
For both Holden and Reznor, adjustment to the changes in the world is a difficult task not only physically but emotionally. Holden hates himself because he fears that he is changing: he has grayed out hair, he tries going into clubs, he smokes, he is too drinks too much. Reznor hates himself because he knows that he has become another person with a different personality that no one wants to be near anymore: his body is numb, he regrets the present by referring to the past, his realization he has become someone completely different, and he ignores the facts that attack him in the present. When he states:
"Beneath the stain of time,
The feeling disappears.
You are someone else,
I am still right here,
What have I become,
My sweetest friend,
Everyone I know,
Goes away in the end,"
Reznor is explaining that when he remembers the past, his troubles disappear and he looks forward to seeing the future. The fact of the matter is that he realizes that his friends have changed, yet he has changed himself, therefore for each reason these friends would increase their differences, the more the possibility that they would become more of strangers to each other. Holden experiences this several times throughout the novel. When he talks about Jane, the way she used to be perfect, placing her kings in the back because it would look nice, and now he has come to believe that she ‘gave time to Stradlater in Ed Banky’s car.’ He tries to see Sally Hayes and when he finally meets her, he realizes that she has become more of a phony than ever. He speaks to Carl Luce, an old roomate he used to have in which they were good friends, but he notices that he has become more self-centered and too materialistic. He converses with Mr. Antolini, though he begins to suspect that he was making passes at him. Both Holden and Reznor are people that do not adjust to changes as well as other people, and this makes them different because they are the only two people that realizes that their pureness and innocence has fled their souls.
The most important part of their lives was in their past. Holden’s brother, Allie, was the smartest kid he
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