school. Since Holden finds it infuriating living amongst people with no sense of morality. Consequently,his discontent with school hinders the enrichment he wishes his life to encompass. Therefore, Holden’s objectives of school are not being accomplished. Holden foresees countless misery and restlessness in his future.
Throughout the novel, Holden progresses to become more aware of his actions. Holden’s process is slowed an adolescent state of mind where his self-absorption doesn’t allows for him to fully see how his actions affect the outcomes he receives. Holden’s pathology consistently brings negative outcomes. Holden occasionally learns to take responsibility of his actions and realizes he must live in the present instead of the past. Holden is able to form meaningful connections with a limited few and use these as a hopeful path for his future.
Have you ever lost someone dear to you? after Holden's brother Allie passes away, he has strange ways of dealing with his loss. His mixed emotions and the actions caused by them show what a loss can do to impact someones life and can take a toll on themself. One raging emotion that Holden encounters is violent outbursts.
People experience life in a plethora of different ways. Loneliness and isolationism are main causes of depression; moreover, there are many stories that show the tragic effects of loneliness. For example, Holden’s story resembles Robin Williams’ tragic decline into depression and eventually suicide. Robin Williams, an emphatic and loved actor who was “larger than life”, but due to severe loneliness and isolation, he fell into a deep depression. Robin lived a great and happy life; however, a disease called Parkinson’s ravaged his entire life.
The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger in 1951, is the story of an angst-ridden sixteen year old Holden Caulfield as he learns to deal with growing up. The story follows Holden through his three day experience through New York as he learns about the truth about innocence, sex, and mortality, making The Catcher in the Rye one of America’s most notable coming-of-age stories. One of the largest influences on Holden’s life was his younger brother Allie who died from leukemia at age eleven when Holden was thirteen. The death of Holden’s brother had a profound effect on Holden emotional state, which eventually caused his complete mental breakdown by the end of the novel.
In Session I, Holden displays signs of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). throughout the session, he tells me about his day and the events that took place, but he seems to always be fixated on things that seem out of place or messy. Holden goes on to tell me about how Ackley purposely misplaced his items when he visited his room: "He must've picked up that goddam picture and looked at it at least five thousand times since I got it. He always put it back in the wrong place, too, when he was finished. He did it on purpose.
The most significant episode in the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”, that fully defines Holden Caulfield is when Holden leaves early form Pencey to go to New York, but it’s his actions throughout the journey when traveling from Pency to the Edmont Hotel is what defines him. Throughout the novel, we understand that Holden is going through an emotional breakdown, however, Holden never comments on it directly. But who is Holden really, what can cause for him to have an emotional breakdown? Holden is a detached young boy who is harboring his feelings of disenchantment and confinement, a young boy who deflects attention from himself, and a young boy who is shameful of the idea of sex. “I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddamn voice, “Sleep tight, ya morons!””
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulﬁeld suffers from loneliness. Holden is a sixteen year old boy who lives in New York and attends Pencey High School. While at Pencey he decides to leave because he thinks that most people at Pencey are phonies. When he leaves he goes on many adventures in New York, but he has such a negative experience since he is always alone. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses loneliness to express how it causes people to become depressed and to always want to have someone with them in their life to support them.
Questions: Why is it that Holden is more tolerant and accepting of Spencer and his wife compared to other people? Holden says “he acts quite young for his age” what could this statement signify for the reader's’ perspective on Holden? Based on the reading so far, what do you think Holden’s perspective of himself is?
Teenagers are so damaged and emotionally broken that at least twenty percent of teenagers suffer from depression before they become adults. That only could explain Holden’s need to self protect and not trust people. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger shows the theme of alienation for the purpose of self-protection . The main character Holden Caulfield uses his red hunting hat when he is looking for protection, refers to the museum when he wants everything to stay the same and Allie’s baseball mit when he wants to have comfort. Holden’s red hunting hat is used as a symbol a surplus amount of times.
Nandan Shastry In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield struggles with many internal and external conflicts that change his attitude on life and how he approaches and confronts various situations. Throughout the novel Holden is always labeling people and situations that he disagrees with as phony instead of respecting that someone may have different opinion than him and it might be right. At the conclusion of the novel Holden is faced with the questions of whether he will apply himself when he goes to school that coming fall. He replies that he wants to but will never know until that time has come.
“New York's terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night. You can hear it for miles. It makes you feel so lonesome and depressed. I kept wishing I could go home and shoot the bull for a while with old Phoebe,” explains in The Catcher in the Rye, a novel written by J.D. Salinger, that Holden suffers with hopelessness when he hears other person’s happiness. (81) Holden starts off his story in a boarding school, the fourth one in insert amount of years, and is flunking out.
Change is an inevitable aspect of life. However, each person will either accept or unaccept the phenomenon based on the way it affects them. In J.D. Salinger’s novel, Catcher in the Rye, the main character Holden is an adolescent who refuses to accept loss, that is a change caused by the death of his brother. The story captures Holden’s thoughts and actions as he makes his way through New York City over the course of a weekend. Salinger makes use of details and symbols in order to show the non acceptance of loss.