Boy gone crazy or depressed? 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.
Although most of the time, Holden demonstrates his rebellious side, he actually still has fragile side. “What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of good-by”(7). “Good-by” is a word can brings a sense of sadness. Holden’s thoughts about “good-by” demonstrate he is a fragile boy who is like a piece of glass, easy to be broken. This shows that Holden is a person who has desire to love and care from others.
Holden struggles to become the catcher in the rye. He want to do something in his life and just does not know who to accomplish his goal. Holden is faced with certain challenges that he must overcome before he can save anyone. When explaining his dream to Phoebe Holden says,“I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff” Salinger 191 pg.
There is one experience in life that everyone can relate to. Whether it was pleasurable or not, no one can deny the fact that they have not been through it. This experience is that of growing up and change, a time in all of our lives where it is such a complicated yet natural process that kids just ‘go with it’. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield suffers from the same complexity in his life. Holden is struck with events throughout the book questioning his maturity and emotions.
As far as Holden’s relationships with women go, he seems to show symptoms that coincide with someone who has ADD. At times, this makes Holden’s thought pattern hard to follow. Hr seems to have one opinion of a person, but then he’ll have another opinion differing from the last one. He acts impulsively based on his emotions, he bounces from topic to topic, whether it be his thought process about girls, or while he’s physically speaking to them, and he can’t always make up his mind about how he feels. Holden acts impulsively based upon his emotions.
In J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye the character Holden is shown to have many different psychological issues and personality traits. Holden seems to be very emotionally unstable and his exhibits of feelings. As the novel progresses, we observe all of Holden’s memories of his emotions and psychological breakdowns. Holden is unable to cope with his psychological and mental issues causing him to have spikes of emotion always leading him to another emotional collapse. Holden’s initial issue is that he is emotionally unstable.
In the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden was molded into someone with a more hopeful future. He went from a life of sloth and indifference to fighting for children and generously helping save their innocence. Holden first displays the sin of sloth through all aspects of his life, especially in his schooling. He is failing four out of five of his classes. Holden is a high school student and has been expelled of four schools already for academic failure.
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’.
Salinger’s Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye There are many symbols within J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye that have received a lot of critical attention since its publication in 1951; however, different interpretations of such symbols continue to be disputed by students and scholars all over the world. Salinger incorporates many symbolic events throughout the book that can be understood in a variety of ways. While there is some disagreement over the exact meaning of the Salinger’s work, it is clear that the symbols in The Catcher in the Rye are used to represent the main character, Holden Caulfield’s, struggles with growing up. In the beginning of the story, symbols are used to represent Holden’s rejection of maturing and his attempt
The Philosophy Faculty, Pro. Dr. Srebren Dizdar and Alpaslan Toker (HoldenCaulfield), states, “…Holden’s use of language also serves to highlight an important distinction between two worlds – the decentered materialistic world and Holden’s personal world of innocence. In the book, Holden makes use of vulgar phrases. His rude and vulgar speech his self-possessive, verbalized recognition of the weird values of his prep school mates; but in his personal and private world, which includes a secret goldfish, his dead brother, his sister Phoebe, Jane Callagher , the nuns, and all animals, he makes use of a literate and articulate English. The literacy accuracy, with which Holden makes use of vulgar language in a common world, is distinctly detached,