How does the song "Mirror on the Wall" by Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars relate to "The Catcher and the Rye" by J.D. Salinger?  It could be in anyway as long as there are quotes that relate to it from...

How does the song "Mirror on the Wall" by Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars relate to "The Catcher and the Rye" by J.D. Salinger?

 

It could be in anyway as long as there are quotes that relate to it from the book or the song. It could relate to the characters the themes motifs or anything.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The song "Mirror on the Wall" by Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars perfectly captures Holden's inner conflict and disenfranchisement with the real world.  As a sixteen year old boy, Holden struggles to define himself as he approaches adulthood, and part of his escape to New York City is his way of looking for possible answers and ways to redefine himself.  In "Mirror on the Wall," the speaker in the song is also torn by inner conflict:

With everything happening today
You don't know whether you're coming or going
But you think that you're on your way
Life lined up on the mirror don't blow it ("Mirror on the Wall")

Holden could be the speaker in this song, addressing his inner angst about growing up, where to live, or how to communicate with his parents.  His confusion is such that he really does not know whether he is "coming or going," but as he leaves his prep school for New York City, he does think that he's on his way, like the song suggests.

As the song continues, lines like "I see the pain hidden in your pride, I see you're not satisfied, And I don't see nobody else, I see myself" reflect Holden's difficulty in being content with himself and  the world in which he lives.

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