In your opinion what songs would Holden like if you were to make him a CD? Explain why you choose this/these songs.In your opinion what songs would Holden like if you were to make him a CD? Explain...

In your opinion what songs would Holden like if you were to make him a CD? Explain why you choose this/these songs.

In your opinion what songs would Holden like if you were to make him a CD? Explain why you choose this/these songs.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've got two ideas for songs.

First, what about "American Idiot" by Green Day.  That song, to me, is basically saying that everyone in America who is relatively "normal" -- everyone who is like everyone else -- is an idiot.  That's Holden's attitude in my mind.

Second, how about "Welcome to My Life" by Simple Plan.  That seems like a great song for Holden because it's all about how much the person's life sucks and how they feel like everyone hates them.

So I think those two songs would appeal to Holden because he feels like the world is oppressing him and that everyone else is shallow and stupid.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would use 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana to express Holden's sense of alienation and boredom. Similarly I would add 'Loser' by Beck, illustrating his sense of hopelessness.

I love the Green Day choice as highlighted above, but I would add 'Basketcase' as well. The opening lines of the song are very reflective of the opening of the novel -

Do you have the time
To listen to me whine
About nothing and everything
All at once

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The Catcher in the Rye

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