In the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield starts off as a very complex character who is very anti-social and has not experienced the real world, however throughout the story within three days he encountered many different things which help him lose his childhood innocence and successfully transition to real-world maturity. Holden does things out of his comfort zone and takes risks which is normal for someone who is his age to mature as he grows older. Because Holden becomes more involved with his sex life, communicates more with others, and shows signs that he wants to go back to school he, Holden is successfully making a transition from his innocent self to real world adult maturity. As a sign of growing up, Holden begins to do more adult-like things like having sexual thoughts and actually having sex instead of being sexually insecure as he was in the past.
This quote from Edgar Allan Poe relates back to Poe’s drug use and although we can’t prove it, his drug use did seem to alter his state of mind. His unstable mentality did impact his writing by giving many of his male narrators psychotic tendencies. In the Tell Tale Heart the narrator starts to hear a heartbeat and it drives him insane. This represents Poe’s disturbed mind which was a result of his heavy drug use. Many of Poe’s stories reflects his use of drugs, childhood as an orphan and his grief from traumatic experiences.
Salinger. Salinger was the literary yearbook editor at Valley Forge Military Academy (Blackstock 2247). It is believed that Valley Forge Military Academy is the model for Pencey Prep, which is the school that Holden Caulfield was expelled from (“Catcher” 117). Moreover, Salinger and Caulfield both had education struggles. It is known that Salinger “... wasn’t much of a student.
On of the main characters, Lennie, is retarded and often gets him and George into trouble. In the story, the author gives many clues that allude to the fact that Lennie has a mental illness. Throughout the story, he says and does things that shows the reader of this. The ways Lennie is shown as retarded is through his childish manner, his memory loss, his incapability to control his strength, and his cowardness. The first example of how the author shows he is retarded without directly saying it is through his childish manner.
Sometimes two unrelated characters from different stories have more similarities than we think. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” we get a glimpse inside of what is happening in the minds of the narrators. We are able to see the characters ' spiraling progression of their mental illnesses driven by their environment and how they are affected by others. Each narrator is frustrated with their situation and wants a release from it (their illness or treatment thereof). The narrators later succumb to what they seemingly can no longer control.
This can cause a person to choose the wrong path in life. Teen angst is a stage that most teenagers go through in which they feel overwhelmed and stressed out. I have previously observed a case of teen angst in the book, “The Outsiders”. This story depicts the reality of how people are often grouped and separated from others based on their social class. In this story, there was an ongoing rivalry between two main groups who were the Socs, a rich and powerful group, and the Greasers, a group that was considered to be uneducated and poor.
‘’I felt so lonesome, all of the sudden. I almost wished I was dead,’’ a quote from the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger which relates to how some teens felt at one point in their life.The novel was published to attract adult readers and has become popular for its themes, motifs, and connections an individual has with the main character, Holden Caulfield.We tend to feel a connection to the struggles of Holden Caulfield as we put ourselves in his shoes and see life through his perspective. The book is still relevant due to Holden facing challenges such as loneliness and the inability to make a connection to make with a purpose thus the readers see themselves in Holden. Furthermore, the book also relates to teens with the
The Catcher in the Rye Salinger gave the tone of the book humorous so that the book can be more relatable to teenagers in society. He talks about how Holden is lonely and he’s lost like every other teenager but he more like he doesn’t see from the real world. He is judgmental, he judges everything he sees and knows. Salinger writes this book to let us know what some teenagers go through and how people stay strong no matter what. He’s wanting us to know how teenagers are all different and they go through different things and they act a certain way because of what they’re going through.
In the novel Saving Francesca, the author Melina Marchetta thoroughly portrays the toll that depression can take on a family as a whole as well on an individual; whilst accurately depicting the complexities of what it means to be a teenager dealing with those around you with mental illness. Saving Francesca exposes the reader with themes such as identity, transition, change, friendships, family and perception; and confronts the reader with the reality of depression, showing how unexpected the illness can be and not as much trying to fix it; but live amidst it. A common struggle that teenagers experience is loss of identity – often changing themselves for the approval of others to feel accepted. The author, Melina Marchetti accurately explains the messy emotions that teenagers experience, especially through the main character Francesca, who throughout the novel her life goes through an upheaval, forced to begin at a new school, separated from old friends and dealing with what was her loud and exuberant mother descend into an agonising depression. As Francesca begins at her new school, she joins the small population of girls in a mainly male dominated ‘ co- ed’ school and through the support of new friends; she eventually learns to let go of her preconceptions of what makes a person “cool' and actually begins to enjoy herself by surrounding herself with true friends who support her.
The Catcher in the Rye Final Essay (Draft) In J.D. Salinger's fiction book, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden, a teen living in the 1940’s, experiences his teen years in strange and unusual ways. Holden teaches us that everyone experiences frustrations throughout life but can always manage them. Some readers of the novel believe that the book has lost its significance due to the fact that it was written so long ago. Others, such as the author of source 2, think that the book can still teach many important themes relevant to today’s society.
The second third of the book goes into the presidency stage, elections, office, and the obstacles headed his way. The last part of the book talks about the war and the choices Lincoln had to make. As an overall book it was really descriptive and informative. The author made this biography so that when you read it you read it you go "really I never knew that" or "I thought this happened because of this reason not because of that". For example on page 14 it talks about how when Thomas (Abraham 's father) was trying to relocate the family from Kentucky he claimed to have bought five other farms but were taken away because he never paid for them.
J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye portrays a well-written example of a teenager, Holden Caulfield, suffering from at least one mental illness and possibly more. Holden’s words, actions, and symptoms throughout the book all point to someone who is suffering from mental illness, something that is a problem for