Analyzing The Conscious Mind Of Holden Caulfield

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Daisy Medina Mrs. Kehrmeyer Ap Language 3 April 2018 The Unconscious and Conscious Mind of Holden Caulfield By the age of twenty-five about eight percent of the population has lost a sibling, according to The United States National Library of Medicine. The loss of a sibling is extremely crucial to the surviving, in certain events The U.S National Library of Medicine stated that the loss of the sibling can cause the surviving to act out and has even caused depression. In the book, The Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger the main protagonist Holden Caulfield has lost a his older brother Allie which really affected his mindset and his teenage years.Holden is a young boy who does not have the support of his parents and are also not present in his life. Instead they send him off to private schools and show no interest in …show more content…

The loss of his older brother and the absent parents have really affected Holden’s behavior. He lives a life without any care but with exception of younger children. Holden has a fascination with younger children and their innocence possibly because he wasn’t able to enjoy his adolescent years and nor did his brother. Holden mentions “‘Every time I'd get to the end of a block I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. I'd say to him, "Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Please, Allie.’" And then when I'd reach the other side of the street without disappearing, I'd thank him.” (Salinger 217) Allie was Holden’s everything, he looked up to his brother and respected him. Holden never really had anyone to discipline him or tell him right from wrong. Even though Holden liked too seem as if he was already older then he actually is, he is still a young kid who needs his parents. Allie was Holden’s angel who took care of him while his parents couldn’t. Holden is a protagonist that has been through many harsh events throughout his

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