In the book, Catcher in the Rye, what are six topics which support the theme of "death?  Are there quotes to support it?

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1. After Maurice punches him, Holden role-plays a movie gangster pretending to be shot in the gut, a masochistic homage to Film Noir.

2. Holden says, “I’m so lonely I could die”

3. Things Frozen in Time: Allie: died of T.B.  Holden has “survivor’s guilt” (feels he should have died instead).  Allie’s grave (doesn’t like visiting because of the rain). “It rained on his lousy tombstone, and it rained on the grass on his stomach.”

4. Eskimo is mummified forever

5. Frozen pond in Central Park; fish trapped underneath

6. Essay about Egyptians (mummies) written for Old Spencer

7. James Castle's suicide: J.C. (Jesus Christ).  He is Castle Holden’s martyred saint.  Antolini carried Castle’s body; protected him from rubber-necks

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