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.
In the book Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, the narrator and protagonist Holden Caulfield a sixteen year old junior undergoes a series of changes. Holden learns multiple life changing lessons; one of them is you must grow up. In the beginning of the novel, Holden starts out as “that kid”; the one with the parents who expect him to get into an ivy league school, and end up with a kid with no intentions of doing so. At the beginning of the book it is very apparent that Holden lacks motivation; he also has hit rock bottom. Although Holden is a very intelligent character he finds the hypocrisy and ugliness in the world around him and quickly associates it with the adult world.
Holden struggles with growing up and facing reality. There are many examples of Holden’s immaturity that are displayed in many forms such as facing responsibilities, his speech, his actions, and etc. Holden’s outlook on adult life is that it is superficial and brimming with phonies, but childhood was all about looking pleasing and innocent. He wants everything to stay the same and for time to stop. As Holden progresses in age, he will discover more about becoming mature in the
Throughout the novel, The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden struggles to find himself and who he truly is in order to be happy. His struggles relate to many things that he does or say in particular.
Holden often tries to act older than he is, and also lies about his age. Holden says, “Sometimes I act a lot older than I am- I really do- but people never notice it. People never notice anything”(Salinger, 22). Holden acts older than he is and he thinks nobody notices, but they do. They notice that he is just a kid who is trying to act mature. Holden is the phony when he pretends to be something he’s not.
In J.D Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye, loneliness is the main topic of the book. The main character Holden Caulfield is an outsider from the beginning, which makes it easier for him to feel lonely. In the book he talks about the things leading up to him getting expelled from Pencey Prep, a private school, and the events that occur after.
Throughout the course of their lives, humans form many important relationships, with people, institutions, and society. It is these relationships that impact a person’s life and they way they grow up. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, struggling with the death of his brother and his recent expulsion from school, wanders New York City for several days. As Holden meets a variety of different people, including an old friend, a prostitute and his sister, he struggles with accepting the fact that he needs to grow up, and consequently destroys his relationships with almost everyone he meets. In Kindred, written by Octavia Butler, a black woman, Dana, discovers that she is able to travel back in time to the Antebellum South, where she must save her slave-owning great-grandfather, Rufus,
The teenage years act as a boundary to either permit or prevent one from reaching adulthood. While some find the transition to be smooth, others become stuck in their past, remaining tied to their innocent childhood. Holden Caulfield, in J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, is an iconic representation of the American teenager. Holden refuses to accept the inevitable processes of life. Maturity, to Holden, is more than just a natural biological process. Instead, maturity represents a path to perverted and corrupted guilt. The idealized view Holden has toward his younger siblings leaves him wanting to remain innocent, which entails not becoming an adult. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden finds himself at the awkward intersection between
Holden Caulfield may have a rough outlook on life but there are many things in his life that are dear to him. Holden’s red hunting hat, his sister Phoebe and the Museum of Natural History are some major examples. There are a couple of other things that meant a lot to him like the ducks in the park, his deceased brother Allie, and Jane Gallagher. These things not only help the reader get an understanding of what kind of person Holden Caulfield is but they also show how Holden can be such a memorable character. Another reason why Holden is so memorable is because of the way he interprets other people. Any person who doesn’t act like him he considers a phony. Holden’s parents also have a great
Teen depression is a real clinical issue that affects the emotions and behavior of a teen. This mental struggle has many serious symptoms to it. This problem is usually not temporary and needs long term treatment by medication and psychotherapy. In the novel Catcher In The Rye, we follow the story of a teenager named Holden and his two day adventure after failing school again. Throughout the story he displays many of the symptoms associated with teen depression. Although Holden is a fictional character, many of the symptoms he displays during his journey are real and affect real life teens.
“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. Throughout the story he shows an interest in his sister Phoebe, and other strangers alike. For the duration of reading, the Catcher in the Rye suggests that the texts focuses on Holden’s depression and his unwillingness to let go of the past and that Salinger is concerned with his inability to grow up; however, in many scenes Salinger portrays Holden as a boy who is always out acting older than his age, but still holds on to innocence.
The Catcher in the Rye, written by JD Salinger, is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Undergone with mental treatment in a sanatorium at age 16, the story initiate a plot twist at Pency Prep, Pennsylvania. Failing four subjects, except English depicts how unconcerned and reluctant he is for a new change. After his exit from Pency Prep, he encounters a society beyond innocence, making it an interesting aspect to analyze and scrutinize the book into depth. Throughout the early chapters, the prevalence of a significant theme was ‘Individual alienation’. Not only has Holden’s alienation harmed and manipulated his perception of the world from phoniness, but caused the protagonist to restrict maturity.
The novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is a novel about a 16-year-old kid named Holden Caulfield. A recently suspended student running around New York City trying to hold onto his childhood before he has to grow up. He puts off growing up as much as he can because he sees it as an abusive environment. Through his travels Holden is confronted with moments that help him learn. By the end of the book Holden shows that he has evolved from the beginning of the story. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield attempts to sustain himself in the child world, but when faced with evidence that adulthood is inescapable, he starts to give in to what he views as the corruptive adult atmosphere, since he is no longer welcome in the childhood.
Imagine living a lonesome life, full of fear and little hope of better days to come. Imagine the toll this would take on a person’s life and how they develop as a person. For Holden Caulfield, the main character of J.D Salinger’s classic The Catcher in the Rye this, is his reality. Holden is a sixteen year old troubled boy suffering through major mental issues and living a rather a depressing life for a teenager. Throughout the novel he goes through many hardships that only worsen his depression making him feel hatred towards his seemingly hellish world. Thanks to the events that occur, the theme of isolation prohibiting maturity is clearly expressed through the indirect characterization of Holden, it can be seen
During High school many students struggle with grades and what they want to be when they are older. Holden Caulfield doesn’t worry about these things. He doesn’t apply himself in school which causes him to be kicked out repeatedly. Throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger Holden struggles with depression and mental breakdowns. When Holden gets kicked out of his current school, Pencey, he decides to leave a few days early to spend a few days in New York City alone. During the trip Holden experiences many events that cause him to have mental breakdowns. Holden’s mental breakdowns with his fight with Stradilator, date with Sally and crying episode in the rain eventually lead to an appointment with a psychologist.