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.
Holden prefers to stay as a kid rather than “grow up”. When Holden talks about phonies they were most of the time adults and never kids. He dislikes the idea of growing up and becoming a phony himself. He even says this when he talks about his cabin, “ I might come home when I was about thirty-five.”(pg.213) He decides that he might be able to accept to grow up by the time he is thirty-five. He doesn’t believe that he will be able to let go of the concept of innocence any sooner than that. Holden explains his thoughts at the end of the book, “ I mean how do you know what you’re going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t. I think I am, but how do I know? I swear it’s a stupid question.”(pg.213) He is pretty much confused on whether he should let go the feeling of innocence. His statement at the end tells us that he is tired of being questioned about his maturity, he admits that he doesn’t know when he will be able to
The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger describes the narrator, Holden Caulfield, as an adolescent with many interesting views on society. The narrator has a lot of misplaced rages. When Stradlater and Holden were talking about a girl, named Jane, Stradlater went on a date with, after hearing that his friend has certain relations with this girl he got up off the bed and tried to punch him (Salinger 43). When Holden was younger he had known Jane when he was younger there was no justifiable reason for Holden to attack Stradlater. Holden dealt with the situation in a violent manner because he had built up rage from that conversation. Although it is beneficial to release anger and rage, it is not appropriate to release feelings such as
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.
Has there ever been a death of a sibling that hasn't created a gap in someone's life and completely changed how they thought of the world; a death that didn't resort to mourning and sorrow? Not really. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, the main character/protagonist has to deal with an abundance of problems that have been produced after the death of a sibling. Holden, as a young teenager has trouble grasping the wonders and beauty of life when his brother Allie passes away. Allie's death had a very significant effect on Holden's life. Only having a two year difference, the two were the best of friends. Allie symbolized innocence and adolescence in Holden's eyes, but as his life diminished, so did the innocence and adolescence
For the duration of his life, Holden Caulfield has become an image of constant anger, anxiety, and depression: and he is only a young adult in college. It seems very clear that Holden has been troubled since a young age, flunking out of many schools and expressing dislike for practically everything he comes across. Holden’s thoughts and actions, reveal that he is not emotionally sound. Holden lacks self-control and often acts hasty. He tends to be a frequent liar and often for no reason at all. This habit among others results in the abandonment of healthy relationships in his lifetime. Although Holden’s mental state is never revealed, His mental instability is inferred through his lack of self-control, his constant lying,
Holden is the main character from the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: he is going through the seven stages of grief. The seven stages Holden experiences are: shock and denial, pain and guilt, anger and bargaining, depression, reflection, loneliness, the upward turn, reconstruction and working through, and acceptance and hope. He mainly focuses on three of the stages: anger, depression and loneliness. These stages influence the events and situations that Holden encounters doing the book.
In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, there are minor characters such as Phoebe and Stradlater that resemble the different characteristics that Holden has, and this is presented through their relationships with him suchs the innocence and hope that Phoebe has and gives peace to Holden, and the corruption and falseness that Stradlater maintains while showing his “phoniness” which causes Holden anger, yet it shows his hypocrisy. While he does have a good side to his personality because he wants the best for the future of the younger kids and praises honesty as well as innocence, Holden also has a negative side to his character that shows his loss of hope and corruption through the use of his language and angry nature towards others and
Just like many men in the 1940’s, the famous author J.D. Salinger was drafted into the United States Army. Salinger was placed in one of the most bloody battles in the war, Battle of the Bulge. Salinger did not escape the war without trauma. He suffered a nervous breakdown, and during that time period, he created the character Holden Caulfield. Salinger’s emotions and attitudes were projected onto his character, Holden who suffers with mental health issues and projects his emotions on innocent ducks that live in Central Park. In “The Catcher in the Rye,” there is a great deal of symbolism used. Salinger uses the ducks throughout the novel in order to symbolize and foreshadow how lost Holden Caulfield is, and to showcase his given mental state.
The reader learns that Holden’s identity is determined by his Brother’s death, his sister and, his relationships with others.
ssay English 3A In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden starts to talk about his brother Allie. Allie was only two years younger than Holden. Holden would often admire Allie for his intelligence, kindness, and how he never got angry towards anything. He described Allie by talking about his bright
In my opinion, Holden is a typical teenager. In the novel, Holden seeks for independence, questions about religion that people believed, and gone through all the hard times. Throughout the entire novel, Holden barely thinks about his parents, not even doubting if his parents would ‘kill’ him if they know he gets kicked out of Pencey. He can relate to teenagers these days because teenagers are usually rebellious against their parents and do not listen to their parents most of the times. Holden 's parents do not show up in the novel, showing that his relationship with his parents is not perfect, just like others. Just as a typical teenager, he swears continuously, complaining about other people. His tone when talking about phoniness is usually
Holden is irresponsible and careless when it comes to handling his life. The reason is because throughout "Catcher in the rye" Holden has had a nippy attitude with every situation he has been in. We as readers see this when Holden speaks to Sally Hayes on the telephone. "For a second, I was tempted to tell her to forget about the matinee. But we chewed the fat for a while"(106). In this passage Holden clearly gets irritated by little things that people do, but Holden continues to chat with Sally. Holden also said " I didn 't feel much like going. I 'd made that damn date with Sall,