Examples Of Holden Being Depressed In Catcher In The Rye

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Boy gone crazy or depressed? Holden is in a deep depression but, does he stay depressed or go crazy? After Holden’s brother (Allie) dies he gets very depressed. Holden wasn 't even able to attend the funeral. He talks to his brother as if he 's there searching for help from him. This novel is about him moving through New York and witnessing this and not wanting to be a part of it, yet knowing he has to fit in there somewhere. Holden grows a very dangerous drinking problem. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Holden is a lost and depressed boy looking for a purpose in life. Holden believes that growing up is going to cause him to lose all innocence in himself. Flunking out of school causes you to be depressed and …show more content…

Holden begins trying to be older than he actually is, still scared to lose innocence he grasps so hard to be a different person. He is a teenage boy in a grown up’s world. Trying to be an adult isn 't as easy as it seems and Holden is starting to learn that. “She had a terrifically nice smile. She really did. Most people have hardly any smile at all, or a lousy one. ‘Ernest 's father and I sometimes worry about him,’ [...] ‘Well. He 's a very sensitive boy. He 's really never been a terribly good mixer with other boys. Perhaps he takes things a little more seriously than he should at his age." (Salinger 23) This shows that Mrs Morrow is allowing herself to be deceived. She 's letting herself think Holden is a soft and sensitive person and it shows that Holden is putting on a …show more content…

It was against my principles and all, but I was feeling so depressed I didn 't even think. That 's the whole trouble. When you 're feeling very depressed, you can 't even think. […] I looked at the red thing with my number on it, on my key. "Twelve twenty-two," I said. I was already sort of sorry I 'd let the thing start rolling, but it was too late now” (Salinger 19). This quote goes to show that Holden is trying to be a different person. He normally would accept a night with an escort but as stated in the quote he was so depressed he couldn 't even think about his decisions. A later quote shows that he doesn 't even use his real name he uses the name “Jim Steele”. Showing that his own real life isn 't

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