Catcher In The Rye Love Analysis

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In a world filled with contradictions and challenges, the absence of love forces many to attach meaning in anything they can find. The Catcher in the rye is the odyssey of a young boy named Holden Caulfield who faces many challenges, compounded by a childhood that lacked affection and love. Salinger describes Holden’s lifestyle as one that possess many troubles. Throughout the novel it is evident that Holden’s character develops from someone who is detached from the world, to someone who learns to understand why things are the way they are. The absence of love forces Holden to attach to anything or anyone he deems important, and due to that he finds it difficult to express his feelings, and finds it difficult to respond to affection. For…show more content…
Holden feels a sense of lonesomeness and depression due to the lack of affection he receives. “New York’s terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night. You can hear it for miles. It makes you feel lonesome and depressed” (sagsf) Holden finds it depressing and lonesome to hear laughs on the streets of new York at night, because he has no one to be with him, and hearing others laughing reminds him of how lonely he is, and how there is nobody around for him. Holden is reminded of the fact that he never has anyone around him to care for him, and it makes him feel lonesome and depressed. Holden tries to pass time by inviting people to spend time with him as a way for him to forget that he is lonely, and has no one. “Would you care to stop on the way to join me for a cocktail? On me, I’m loaded” (asgaf0) Holden is always finding someone or somewhere to go to past time to distract him from the fact that he has no one around, or no one to show him affection. Holden is so confused with his life, and so depressed because of the lack of love and affection he receives. As the novel unravels we come to see that Holden likes to distract himself from his issues and problems, by spending time with people who have no significance to him whatsoever, and I believe it is because Holden is trying to find a sense of purpose due to the
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