What are the effects of Allie's death on Holden? Use quotes to support your answer.

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Allie ’s death devastates Holden and continues to affect every aspect of his life. When Allie died, Holden was so upset about losing his brother that he punched in the windows of the garage. He knows “it was very stupid…[but] you didn’t know Allie.” It hurts Holden that such a...

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Allie’s death devastates Holden and continues to affect every aspect of his life. When Allie died, Holden was so upset about losing his brother that he punched in the windows of the garage. He knows “it was very stupid…[but] you didn’t know Allie.” It hurts Holden that such a nice boy as his brother had to be sick, suffer, and die so young. Holden ended up in the hospital and missed Allie’s funeral. Therefore, Holden never had a chance to say goodbye to someone he loved, and he carries the pain with him.

Since his parents send him away to school, Holden lacks a proper support system to help him to deal with the loss. Thus, he repeatedly fails out of schools, does not make true friends, and acts destructively. He tries to fight Stradlater, who is a strong athlete, even though Holden is clearly no match for him. He runs across a busy road on his way to his teacher’s house. He tangles with Maurice and goes to bars late at night. Holden is crying out for help by these acts because he does not know where to turn or how to ask for real help.

Holden keeps Allie’s baseball mitt as a comforting memento of his brother. Allie had written poems on the glove “so that he’d have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up at bat.” Having the glove makes Holden feel close to his brother. In fact, Holden becomes angry when Stradlater dislikes his essay about the mitt, as if Stradlater has insulted Allie. He also wears a red hunting cap because the color reminds him of Allie’s red hair. Clearly, his brother continues to be a great influence on Holden.

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