Holden Caulfield is a regular individual, yet he has had some traumatic incidents during his life. I believe that these things are the reason that Holden has been acting weird with his actions and his beliefs. The mixture between major depression and a memorable event in his life has caused him to act out throughout his life and caused him to be put into a mental home, although he does not need to be there. Holden’s problem isn’t something wrong with him mentally but something that went wrong with his life. I believe that with proper treatment and someone to talk to that Holden will be just fine.
He's speaking to the narrator, at the beginning of the novel. This quote is significant because, as he wrote Stradlater's composition, he recollects upon how much he cared for his younger brother, and how affected he became. Because Allie was so brilliant, from being smart, to having "poems written all over the fingers and the pocket" of the glove, Holden portrays Allie as an extremely talented person, one that should not have died. Also, the fact that it is written "in green ink" shows how pure and innocent Allie was, contrasting to how corrupted Holden would have already been at that time, with green signifying the purity and cleanness of nature. This provides a source of his anger and rashness, as he may be affected by his brother's death.
Holden is very young when he loses his brother, which could be the reason he does not know how to deal with the situation correctly. Throughout the novel, Holden continues to think about Allie. For example, he wrote about him in a paper and he pleads to Allie in New York (Bennett 129). Psychoanalytic interpretations help readers to try and understand Holden’s psyche in order to figure out why Holden acts the way he does (Bennett 129). Looking at Caulfield’s childhood, which had a very traumatic event, could be the cause of his erratic behavior (Bennett 129).
Holden is a caring character, as seen through his great liking of Robert Burn’s poem, “Comin thro’ the Rye”. Holden tells Phoebe that he wants to “catch everybody if they start going off the cliff” (173). Holden wants to be a savior of innocence for children, as he wants to protect them from the ugliness of the world. This is exemplified by his anger towards vulgarity written in the school walls. He states that he could imagine how, “…some dirty kid would tell them-all cockeyed, naturally, what it meant, and how they’d all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days.” (201).
“I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddamn voice, “Sleep tight, ya morons!”” (29.2). During this passage, Holden is showing his lack of will to socialize which prompts him to find nearly everything depressing. If you can’t tell, Holden is nearly alone majority of the time and it’s apparent that he is very isolated. This often leads for him to ponder a strong shortfall of affection that hampers and cripples his views toward other people, his attitude, and his ability to progressively solve
He’s wanting us to know how teenagers are all different and they go through different things and they act a certain way because of what they’re going through. Holden Caulfield is a boy that is sixteen years old that has low self-esteem and he is sensitive. Holden got expelled and failed a lot of times in a school called Pencey Prep. Holden tries to protect himself from the pain and disappointing
Holden Caulfield is going to die. He is the main character of the classic novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. The novel follows him after being kicked out of yet another school. It seems as though Holden has just given up on not only his education, but his future as well. He has only passed English and has no clear aspirations for his future.
Salinger, Holden Caulfield is kicked out of Pencey University because of his inability to show initiative in his schoolwork. After receiving the news that he must leave, Holden visits his history teacher, Mr. Spencer, in order to say goodbye. During their conversation, Mr. Spencer tells Holden, "Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules" (Salinger). After hearing that, Holden does not agree because he recognizes that life's game is an unfair one, one that is rigged and where one can easily have a better chance at winning than another.
Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, Holden does reach Watt’s central insight. Watt’s central insight is the “realization that life can never be grasped, never possessed or stand still” (Watts 75). Holden accepts Watt’s central insight when he rejects Phoebe’s offer to ride on the carousel, talking to the psychoanalyst about his thoughts, and admitting that he misses certain people in his life. The first reason that shows Holden has learned to let go is the moment he rejects Phoebe’s offer during the carousel scene. Phoebe, who is Holden’s little sister, still has innocence.
The reason that Holden Caulfield is always trying to stop kids from growing up in the first place is because he want’s to protect them, and shelter them from the bad things in the world. By the end of the novel Holden realizes that he can’t protect kids all the time or save their innocence. Holden comes right out and say’s that you can’t protect kids, or their innocence when Phoebe is riding the carousel toward the end of the book, Holden says “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them". This quote is one reason that proves Holden was successful throughout his journey in the