Similarities with Holden Caufield's (character in Salinger's "Catcher in the rye) feelings to 'Hurt,' by Nine Inch Nails.

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Holden Caufield is a person with many mixed feelings. His happiness was left, but not forgotten in the past, and he suffers terribly because he cannot adjust to these changes to his world and also to himself. In the strong sense, looking back at the lost sense of reality that he still hangs on to, relieves him of all the troubles he has at the present time. He always compares things that happened in the past to events that happen in the present. The song, 'Hurt,' by Nine Inch Nails (NIN), written by Trent Reznor, represents many of the feelings Holden experiences in his time of change. The similarities in suffering, adjustment, and remembrance between the song 'Hurt,' by Nine Inch Nails and the novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger show that Holden Caufield is not the only person that experiences these feelings.

Throughout the novel Holden undergoes countless suffering from his peers, strangers, and his own mind.

Throughout the song, Reznor suffers from everything. As said in the song, 'I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel,' Reznor is accounting all the suffering that he has experienced. He tries to explain that all the terrible things that have happened to him, all the terrible things he has seen, with a nonstop chronic beat, has made his soul numb. He has lost track of reality and fallen into this deep hole. Mr. Antolini, Holden's old teacher, said to him that he was headed for a great fall. Little did he know that throughout the novel, Holden has been falling until he reached a stopping point towards the end of the story, when he decides to stay home. This is exactly what Reznor is trying to dictate in his song. All these events have made...