Humanity In JD Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye

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Humanity is capable a lot of things. We all are capable of becoming victims of society or being the the ones committing the action. Moreover, in general as people we tend to shield our true selves , neglecting the idea of expressing how we think and what we believe in. This is exemplified in JD Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye , where a teenage boy, Holden Caulfield, briefly describes an eventful weekend he had experienced. It all began with him being kicked out of his school for failing all his classes, but English. As he embarked a new journey on his own he tried reconnecting with people he had met in his past , to use as a guidance. Furthermore, Holden Caulfield is afflicted with agitation, abandonment, and despondency and these…show more content…
Just as Holden has that feeling of abandonment , we tend to overthink the simplest things , like conversing with another person. Holden is exemplifying his need to express his emotions by constantly trying to be around people, “ "Would you care to stop on the way and join me for a cocktail? On me, I'm loaded “ “ (Salinger). It portrays Holden’s desperation as he is inviting a random taxi driver. Moreover, Holden here representing the motif of alienation reveals how humanity is in need to exploit their time with people and express even if they are a closed person, like Holden who is against the world. Holden was begging to release his emotions, “ When I finally got down off the radiator and went out to the hat-check room, I was crying and all. I don't know why, but I was. I guess it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome” (Salinger). The fact that Holden is aware that he has no one make him depress , this was a cry for help for Holden. Therefore, this reveals how humanity is in search for their time to express how they feel.It represents how and what affect abandonment has on mankind. The feeling of absolute isolation makes us feel very lonesome and depressed. Primarily, it is safe to say that isolation was the greatest source of Holden's
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