Examples Of Pessimism In Catcher In The Rye

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The novel Catcher in the Rye is pessimistic because the main character Holden Caulfield always thinks negatively about any situation that he faces. In chapter 2, when Holden is with Mr. Spencer and they are talking, Mr. Spencer wishes him “good luck”. Holden hopes that he didn’t say “good luck” because it sounds terrible. Holden becomes depressed by the fact Mr. Spencer wished him “good luck”. In chapter 7, Holden is packing up his things and says the he becomes sad when he packs up his belongings. He also says that “almost every time somebody gives me a present, it ends up making him sad.” Holden get sad about a present that he was given but who actually gets sad about getting a present? Holden finds a way to make a good situation into a
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