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Allies Mitt Descriptive Essay Prompts

The thing was, I couldn't think of a room or a house or anything to describe the way Stradlater said he had to have. I'm not too crazy about describing rooms and houses anyway. So what I did, I wrote about my brother Allie's baseball mitt. It was a very descriptive subject. It really was. My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder's mitt. He was left-handed. The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink. He wrote them on it so that he'd have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up at bat. He's dead now. He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946. You'd have liked him. He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent. He was terrifically intelligent. His teachers were always writing letters to my mother, telling her what a pleasure it was having a boy like Allie in their class. And they weren't just shooting the crap. They really meant it. But it wasn't just that he was the most intelligent member in the family. He was also the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody. […] God, he was a nice kid, though. He used to laugh so hard at something he thought of at the dinner table that he just about fell off his chair. (5.7)

In this section of the novel, Holden writes a descriptive essay for Stradlater about Allie Caulfield's baseball glove.

Holden's nostalgia for Allie is made clear in this chapter and we see his positive willingness to ruminate on his younger brother, though Allie is no longer alive.

He has no real contact with Allie because he is dead. Allie is a memory.

Writing and thinking about Allie is a way for Holden to maintain a...

In this section of the novel, Holden writes a descriptive essay for Stradlater about Allie Caulfield's baseball glove.

Holden's nostalgia for Allie is made clear in this chapter and we see his positive willingness to ruminate on his younger brother, though Allie is no longer alive.

He has no real contact with Allie because he is dead. Allie is a memory.

Writing and thinking about Allie is a way for Holden to maintain a connection to Allie and the innocence he symbolizes in the novel. 

The mit is covered in poetry. Allie played in the outfield and he was a dreamy kid. He didn't have much to do in the outfield and he was not completely dedicated to the game, so he wrote poetry on his baseball glove and read it to occupy himself during games. 

Allie was a very bright person, according to Holden, and this glove stands as an example of Allie's personality, his intellect, and his charm. Where Allie was pure and innocent and uncompromised, Holden's older brother stands as the opposite. 

He mourns the death of his younger brother Allie and regrets that his older brother D. B. is "prostituting" his talent as a writer out in Hollywood.

We see in Holden's tribute to Allie and his baseball glove clear evidence of Holden's preference for childhood innocence over adult maturity.

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