In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, what are a few specific quotes that support how Holden is alienated through his own frame of reference?

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It is certainly interesting while reading The Catcher in the Rye to learn about Holden Caulfield. He suffers many different emotions such as depression and loneliness. These two main emotions are ones that are usually associated with feeling alienated from friends, family, and society. Holden first points out his feelings of alienation from friends and school society by referring to the fact that he is alone at during the football game because he misplaced the fencing team's foils on the subway right before a competition: "The whole team ostracized me the whole way back on the train" (3). Next, Holden explains his feelings of alienation from family because he is getting kicked out of another school. He does not want to face his family when they first get the news because "My mother gets very hysterical" (51). So he decides to remove himself from his school and family, thus alienating himself in the process, because "I just didn't want to hang around anymore. It made me too sad and lonesome" (51).  Later, after meeting up with his sister Phoebe and telling her the news about school, he blames her for alienating him by using the word "ostracized" again. Phoebe puts her head in her pillow to avoid talking to her faliure of a brother and he says, "She was ostracizing the hell out of me. Just like the fencing team at Pencey . . ."(166).

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