Comparing Todays music with the THEME of Catcher in The Rye

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Music has played a big part in our world, and its history. Through music people have acquired friendships, freedoms, and even determination because music has given them that kind of power. A power that could even hypnotism the mind into a transitive state of being to where people can almost do just about anything their heart desires while listening. According to psychiatrist daily, music has the power to in tune our mind, with our subconscious, self-dormant, high achieving selves according to what kind of music we listen to and its tone. As so, the tone of this novel, A Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, can be expressed through various forms of music. Music that can express the confusion, determination, and love for innocence Holden has throughout this story.

At the very beginning of the novel Holden seems to be unsure as to where he wanted to be, indicating a tone of confusion.

Donnel Jones wrote a song that ties in with this same concept of confusion called "Where I Wanna Be". The tone of this song is very settle, yet like Holden, Donnel Jones is measuring the consequences of his actions, but really wishes he never done them in the first place. Holden got kicked out of school, but was unsure how he was going to tell his parents the news. " I forgot to tell you about that. They kicked me out." (Salinger, 4) He was in a mound of frustration and an even bigger mound of depression. "When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the corridor. I was sort of crying. I don't know why. (52) The beats and calm confusion of "Where...