Before Holden reaches his destination he asks his driver, Horwitz, if wants to get a drink at the bar. This moment really stood out to me that Holden was on the verge of childhood and adulthood, but it also served as a basis that Holden wants to drown his loneliness in
He often lies and makes up excuses to get out of situations. He states, “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.” (16). Holden lies to escape reality and cover up his real self. It is easier for him to lie than tell the truth because then he can control the situation.
In The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, Salinger established Holden Caulfield’s introverted character through his background and experiences. As a sixteen year old student, Holden had to encounter many life and death obstacles. He becomes traumatized from witnessing the deaths of people close to him. Holden’s experiences with death changed his perspective of the world. For example, Allie’s death allowed him to realize the weaknesses that death has upon everybody, old or young.
Holden lies as a result of his depression, in order to hide the fact that he’s lonely and bored with his life, to divert any questions which he believes are too personal, and to create his own reality. In this way, Salinger illustrates how, during difficult times, people resort to lying as a coping mechanism. In the beginning of the story, Holden lied to divert questions in order to protect his personal information.
Throughout the book, he does not want to make any real grown-up decisions or set any goals for himself. He shows a lack of ambition and motivation and therefore is a constant failure at school. He refuses to associate himself with mature ways of living, and this is all because Holden his hanging onto the picture-perfect image he has of his childhood where he could be careless and free. He sees this particular period of his life as the only good thing that has happened to him so far in his life. He wants to hold on to it for as long as he can.
After Holden fails to get a drink at the nightclub he decides to go to a bar named Ernie’s where he knows underaged drinking isn’t frowned upon. While Holden is drinking he runs into one of D.B.’s ex-girlfriends and she invites him to come sit with her and her
Holden thought about James Castle when Phoebe asked him about what he likes, Holden randomly think about the two nuns and James Castle, but this is not a coincidence. James Castle is a Holden’s classmate at Elkton Hills, whom died nobly, not surrendering to Phil Stabile and his six friend’s oppression and violence about taking the word back about Stabile. Similarly, Holden seize the adult world with phoniness, and struggle though out his teenager life, willing to sacrifice himself to save children from falling into this phoniness world. Readers understand the significance about Holden’s worship to James Castle and is motivated by his action, but Holden sees very limited information about the significance between himself and James
Holden has been conditioned by society to acquire mannerisms such as drinking, smoking, rebellion and lewdness. His vulgarity is the only way he feels he can gain attention to both his opinions and beliefs. This is demonstrated when he admits to smoking in school. He does this in order to rebel against school rules, as well as, to challenge the jurisdiction of Stradlater. The purpose of challenging Stradlater is to have him admit to what really happened on his date with Jane.
Holden’s background reflects the way depression occurs in adolescents of his age. Many attributes to depression included in the article such as “Poor performance in school, Lack of enthusiasm, etc.” (Mental Health America, 1) cause Holden to have emotions related to depression. Holden feel this way because his past experiences including the stress and pain he has worsens his mood and demeanor. Also contributing to his depression, everyone around does not realize the pain he is in so he smokes and drinks to get rid of his pain.
This connects to the novel because Holden always wanted to drink. Although he's only seventeen, drinking is the only way Holden can distance himself from depression. He drinks to get his mind off of Allie and off of his sad life. The alcohol got to Holden and made his situation worse. Holden got so drunk that he started hallucinating and planning his very own funeral.
old at the time of his brother’s death, which is a lot for someone to handle at such an age. Holden felt betrayed, lonely, he was lost and didn’t know what to do. Holden, due to his brother’s death, snapped and went on a destructive rampage around his house, smashing all the windows in the garage and about smashed all the windows on his family's car. “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it,” (Salinger ). This event scarred him badly, and made him create trust issues with anyone he meets, making him not able to form relationships, making him lonely when he really craves for
Holden passes strict judgement on everyone, as he struggles to transition from adolescence to adulthood. Holden appears to be stunned when he sees how different the life of an adult is comparison to that of children. His views on topics such as, life, his future, and sex. Holden
In the story The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, I have noticed many different events that continue throughout the story told by Holden Caulfield. Holden is our main character and is a troubled teenaged boy. He literally has no clue on what he wants to do with his life; he kind of hit the base of the ground. Holden has a mother and a father who appreciate him but disagree with his actions. Holden has a sister named Phebe and a brother named D.B.
Holden usually drinks liquor to erase the impunity of his own thoughts when he goes into a nightclub. Holden try to evade his own thoughts since only bad things he thinks comes out such as the phonies. When Holden was walking in the park alone walking, he “dropped old Phoebe’s record. It broke into about fifty pieces. It was in a big envelope and all, but it broke anyway.