How Is Holden Caulfield A Liar

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Catcher in the Rye RAFT
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,
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Holden Caulfield consistently demonstrates a severe lack of control over his actions. When Holden was just thirteen years old, his younger brother, Allie, died due to leukemia. Overwhelmed with different types of emotion, Holden punched out all the windows in the garage. He claims that it was “just for the hell of it”. This alone indicates that he is not a psychologically healthy adolescent, as he cannot express the thought process behind his foolish actions. Although Holden cannot explain why he did it, he stated that, “it was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it, and you didn’t know Allie (54)”. While Holden was smart enough to understand that his brutal actions were unwise, he could not control himself. This is accurate evidence that at times he has no control of his actions
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