Evans is incorrect for assuming that the emotions Holden expresses are fabricated. In fact, Holden is a young man who feels incredibly deeply, but he often subconsciously chooses to conceal those feelings, like adolescents are known for doing. For example, when Old Maurice and Sunny come to his hotel room and abuse him to get the money he ‘owes’ them, he reveals, “I was still sort of crying. I was so damn mad and nervous and all“ (Salinger 103). He feels truly upset as a result of this personal injustice. Holden is also affected by the injustices others experience. When speaking with two nuns he meets at the diner, he comments that, “I hate it if I’m eating bacons and eggs or something and somebody else is only eating toast and coffee” (Salinger
Preposterous lying is a trait that Holden shows forth throughout the novel. In chapter 3 he warned the readers that he loves to lie and he does a good job at doing it (22). Holden would tell lies over and over again just to protect himself from any hurt or rejection. Another flip side to why Holden lies is because he tends to get bored with certain conversations he has with his peers so lying helps him to check out of reality for a while and in doing this, he tries to impress people and let them feel sorry for him. This makes him feel extremely superior. Lying provides Holden with a sense of control, something he desperately needs because he feels that this world is so out of control with all of these phonies he mentions. In Chapter 8, Holden
Holden Caulfield is a teenage rebel who is struggling to grow up. He can’t keep up with it, so he starts to search for a way to break free. His cynicism ends him up alone for twenty-four hours in the city where he experiences the adult world. Holden’s isolation, however, is disappointment interlaced with a bit of hope.
In The Catcher in the Rye, it is observed that the novel is about grief. There are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and finally acceptance. The Catcher in the Rye shows how Holden goes through the grieving process. By the end of the novel it shows how Holden has reached closure or a way to let go.
“I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.” This is a contradiction in Holden’s behavior throughout the story. Holden dislikes when people lie to him. But Holden himself lies to people all the time.
Holden finds solace in lying to almost everyone that he meets just for something to do. For example, when on a train ride to New York City, he encounters a classmates mother and fathomed an entire fake story about her son. After numerous lies, Holden tries to quickly end the discussion with an unfortunate excuse once it started to get personal and says, “It isn't very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain” (Salinger ) This quote exemplifies how Holdens chronic lying shows the reader how he is not content with himself. To expand upon, Holdens overarching fear of letting other people know the real him is rooted to his ideal that he is not desirable. Significantly, Holden subconsciously is aware of his sadness since he discusses the tumor in his brain, which the reader can connect to his toxic, bitter thoughts that filter through his mind daily. Therefore, every time Holden starts to uncontrollably lie to others, he is also deceiving himself as a way to try to convince himself that he is not as sad as his mind makes him believe. Above all, one of Holden’s origins of his depressive case is by reason of his compulsive
The novel Catcher in the Rye exemplifies the motif of depression through the eyes of the main character, Holden Caulfield. Holden constantly struggles with depression throughout the novel. His depression is directly linked with the death of his younger brother Allie as, the loss of a loved one has that effect on many. The conformity of the society that Holden lives in allows for no grief causing Holden to spiral downwards into a state of depression. Holden’s desire for individualism coupled with the loss of the only true individual he knew created a breach of loneliness in Holden's life that was unable to be filled. Overall, chapter 20 best displays Holden’s struggle with depression as his thoughts of his own death, funeral, and afterlife become more frequent.
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 Caulfield in the novel “The Catcher In The Rye” is a scrawny teen who loves his red hunting hat and can’t relate with anyone. His personality is reason he can’t relate, his personality sucks, it’s depressing, judgy, and sensitive. My first impression of him was that he sure complained a lot, and he says goddamn way to much, and he doesn’t care about himself. Holden is always talking about depression, every chapter he talks about being depressed, mostly when he remembers something that someone said. He gets depressed over the simplest things, he thinks to much about things, and he exaggerates situations. For example, on page 116, he states “I can understand somebody going to the movies because there’s nothing else to do, but when somebody really wants to go, and even walks fast so as to get there
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.
Catcher in the Rye is the recounting of the weekend after the main character gets expelled for the umpteenth time from another uppity private school. The name of the main character, "Holden Caulfield," can be broken down in such a way that it reveals the character in question's tendency to hold onto and protect happier memories and childhood innocence from this big, unfair, scary game we call life, without realizing that he would be stunting the growth of those whom he is protecting.
Holden Caulfield has had a pretty rough childhood and his time at Pency was no different. Holden was failing all of his classes but one by the time Christmas vacation came around. Along with his failing grades, Holden had a very negative outlook on the world and the people around him. He hated most everyone and complained about everything. Holden being the negative young man he was, he decided to stay in his dorm one Saturday night while the rest of the school was at a football game. Ackley Holden’s roommate returns and they have a conversation in Holden’s dorm. Holden, like normal, is very annoyed and judgmental about how Ackley caries himself.
In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, the reader follows the narrator Holden Caulfield in the 1950’s. Holden is noticeably different from everyone else. It’s easy to see that he is in a constant struggle, trying his best to be true to himself, and not be what he calls a “phony”. A “phony” is described by Holden to be someone who acts the way they are not. “One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies.”(Salinger, 13) Throughout the novel he is trying to prevent growing up, and keeping his youth and innocence, as difficult as that may be. But this often proves to be too difficult for him and puts his life in a tough position. Holden is noticeably lost in his thoughts and it is ultimately
In the book the Catcher in the Rye we follow the character Holden Caulfield who finds himself struggling with the realities of the adult world. He’s 17 years old and he’s lost his brother, someone he had a lot of respect for. Ever since, he has had trouble applying himself to his school work and social life. He believes that anyone who is not a child has lost their innocence and succumbs to the phon+iness of the world. Since Holden does not like the perceived phoniness of the world, he establishes a wall of lying and deception in order to distance himself from what he refuses to become, which makes Holden the biggest phony of them all.
In Catcher in the Rye very early on in the book Holden admits to being a liar. Yet, Holden embodies most of the archetypal truth-tellers in some form. Holden isn't necessarily deceiving the reader for any personal gain, nor is he flat out insane he's just a kid telling a story. Humans, in general, are unreliable narrators, teenagers especially so. The point of having the narrator(Holden Caulfield) is that it firmly places you into the story and with a perspective.