As mentioned in the article, Holden’s depression challenges him greatly as shown in his interactions with other people. In addition to his interactions, he acts capriciously and carelessly as also shown in his conversations with Sally. He is struggling to live his life with the disabilities that come with his disease which dictates his words and actions in turn, takes opportunities of a good life away from him including love, an education, and healthy
In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye a teenager, Holden Caulfield, faced many problems at a young age, such as his brother’s, Allie’s, death and being kicked out of schools. As these events occur, Holden is conflicted between choosing childhood and adulthood. However, no one can choose between childhood or adulthood, but Holden feels like he must. The death of his brother leads Holden to believe he should be strong and mature.
But not surprisingly, he can’t choose which path to follow, so he stays stuck in the middle. This middle grey area of transitioning from childhood to adulthood for Holden is what is causing his problems and what is making his choices and decisions a lot harder. Holden 's past experiences have taken a toll on him and are starting to cause present issues for him. Holden was only thirteen when his younger brother passed away and it hit him hard. It was the first time in the novel where he shows a lot of emotion and a darker side.
Elijah’s approaches are ineffective at coping with adversity because he follows misguided advice and becomes apathetic during war, resulting in major impacts on his life which lead to his downfall. Elijah starts to follow misguided advice from other people which hinders his ability to cope with adversity. Elijah
Holden Caulfield has been known to show unstable emotions and actions towards his peers. Holden belongs to a rest home because of his constant irrational behaviour. Holden doesn’t apply himself towards school even with teachers that care about his studies. Holden doesn’t have a good relationship with his family members because he doesn’t communicate well. A final example that proves that Holden should be in a rest home is that he doesn’t have a healthy relationship with his peers.
Some characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome are social impairments, high anxiety, and difficulty with communication. Unfortunately, the combination of those mental health struggles resulted in his limited ability to participate in his education while in high school and for him to function effectively in our society as an adult. He lacked empathy, avoided eye contact, could not stand to be touched and displayed rigid thought processes. Programs were developed and medications were advised, yet Adam refused to participate in those therapies and he refused to take the recommended
Doodle and the narrator are affected by self-esteem negatively. When Doodle is being helped by the narrator, he has troubles keeping up at the narrator's pace and ends up getting frustrated and deterred: “Once, he could go no further, so he collapsed on the ground and began to cry” (Hurst 164). Since the narrator continued to walk quicker than Doodle, it clearly shows that Doodle lacks enough self-esteem to tell his brother to advance slower or to stop. Not only does this clarify Doodles self-esteem deficiency, but it shows that he’s not even strong enough to stand up to his own brother. In the end, Doodles lack of self-esteem leads to his demise because he pushed his body too far without protesting.
A boy that Holen liked—James Castle—jumped out of a window after a few boys bullied him. These past instances have made Holden the cold, lying, introverted person we know. Holden was very close to Allie so it 's understandable that his death had a resonant effect on him; however, trying to hold onto Allie has caused him to go into a downward spiral. He constantly smokes and drinks to try and fill the hole that his brother left. His drinking mixed with his failure to cope with Allies death had led him to have very intense emotions such as sadness and anger.
This is mainly a result of both characters being idealists and rejecting change. Whilst both characters thrive in the past they struggle in reality with their individual distinct flaws. It is the faults in their characters that, not only makes them distinct, though is what leads to their ultimate fall at the end of each novel. Holden Caulfield and Jay Gatsby struggle with the present because they tend to reject reality by being overly self-interested. Holden Caulfield appears to not “fit in” anywhere and leads him to view most people as “phony” as an
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is very immature throughout most of the story. He refuses to give up his childhood and he is anxious to see what the future hold for him. Towards the end of the book, the reader is able to catch glimpses of Holden’s new found maturity. He is starting to understand that growing up is a big responsibility and is finally ready to take on that challenge. Although he has not completely matured, one distinct moment at the end of the book lets the reader know he will reach complete maturity in the near future.
This creates a whirlwind of problems for Holden, convincing the reader that “Holden is clearly flawed . . . (Bickmore and Youngblood 254)” His failure to reflect upon his poor choices, such as his failure to study and lack of motivation, can be seen as the birthplace from which many of his problems spring, leading to his pessimistic
As an individual with disabilities like the character of Lennie faces, which clearly Steinbeck shows the causes of his control to achieve his dream to freedom with George and soft things. Unfortunately, Lennie lines in a time where disabilities were thought of as issues that can not be fixed and are worthless. Even though many had no one there to help them. Which Lennie just limits everything over time by all the bad things he keeps doing because of his disabilities. Even him asking about his future will not change the fact he has killed and hurt many people just trying to get to his dream.
As controversial as it is, I found The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, captivating and relatable. In the novel, dysfunctional teenager named Holden Caulfield struggles in the world between childhood and adulthood. He divulges little about his childhood or parents in the novel and seems cynical from the start. His relationships fall apart easily and often at due to his own frailty.
The way in which the boys undertake the journey means they do so without proper guidance, which causes them to make their own judgments, causing the two protagonists to make mistakes. The characters have their internal struggles within themselves
However, Holden gets upset and starts talking poorly of him once he hears this, and later excuses himself with a lie he made up to leave, showing both his self-defence mechanism and his skepticism towards people he liked. Also, when Holden wakes up to Mr. Antolini patting him on the forehead in the middle of the night, he tells us of similar “perverty” stuff that happened to him multiple times as a child. Therefore, he clearly struggles to trust anyone he both meets and knows, which shows his insecurity and skepticism of others. Another instance of this is Holden’s relationship with D.B. Although Holden says that they were once close, he now considers D.B.