Someone once said, “The hardest part is not losing a loved one, it is the influence it has on your life without them.” In the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, the main character learns the effects of a loved one dying has. The loss of a young sibling causes an unstable mother, long term depression, and a desire for all children to stay safe and innocent. At a young age of 13, Holden Caufield starts to rely on himself when his mother begins to have nervous breakdowns, after Holden’s younger brother, Allie, dies. When Holden is describing his mother as he gets ready for his date with Sally, he says, “She hasn’t felt too healthy since Allie died. She’s very nervous.” (107) Allie dying leaves their mother in a state of nervous …show more content…
As a result, when Allie dies, Holden is locked in a deep state of long-term depression. When Holden finishes talking to the old lady at the school, she wishes him good luck. Just after she says this, Holden explains, “God, how I hate it when somebody yells ‘Good luck!’ at me when I’m leaving somewhere. It’s depressing.” (202) Holden literally turns anything positive into something negative. The old lady’s good intentions to wish him well is depressing according to Holden. Thus, Holden’s depression dominates his mind, as he perceives a simple act of kindness into a depressing statement. Furthermore, when Holden is walking through Phoebe’s school, he says, “You can’t ever find a place that’s nice a peaceful, because there isn’t any.” (204) Holden cannot see the good in anything. He states that there is no place in the whole entire world that is nice and peaceful, even though lots of people can see the beauty in many places. Holden finds negative aspects in everything he sees, and that is what he chooses to focus on. Overall, Holden always focuses on the negative, and cannot find happiness anywhere, because of the awful state of depression he is in. In addition, Holden turns his sadness over Allie’s death into the determination to help other …show more content…
When Phoebe asks Holden what he wants to be when he is older, he says, “Thousands of little kids...What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and don’t look where they’re going…I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” (173) Holden states that he wants to stand in the rye, and catch kids all day if they happen to run over the cliff. Keeping children sae is very important to him because he does not want to experience the death of a young child again, since it will bring back the sadness of Allie dying. Furthermore, the two people closest to Holden are both children, Phoebe and the late Allie. Altogether, Holden wants to protect children to prevent them from dying at a young age because Allie’s death is already too much for him to handle. He is even going beyond the limits to do this, as he is willing to dedicate his life to it. Secondly, as Holden is walking through the school, he notices, “Somebody’d written ‘Fuck you’ on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would se it…” (201) The fact that when Holden sees a curse word on the wall, he immediately thinks about how it impacts the children, show that kids are a priority to him. It also becomes apparent that not only does he want to keep children
Since he believes adults are phonies, children are the only thing he can rely on. Children are the only people who are blunt with their words, they are real and Holden loves that in
It wouldn't come off.” (221-222). Holden believes that when kids are exposed to all of this dirtiness, they will get tainted. Holden tries really hard to wipe out the ‘“Fuck you”s because he does not want the kids to lose their innocence at an early
He doesn’t want his sister and her friends to live the life that he had to because it was so miserable. He didn’t want their innocence to be washed away at such a young age like him, but one kid is all it takes to ruin it for somebody. This shows that Holden really does care about his role as the catcher in the rye and that preserving innocence is what truly makes him
He faces many problems throughout the book, and is always trying to save kids innocence. Holden also wants to stay a kid and not grow up, however he finds out that he can’t do this by the end of the novel. Some people may think that Holden wasn't successful throughout his journey, however, one could also see how he was successful in his journey. By the end of the novel, Holden was able to find out that he couldn't save kids innocence, he couldn’t be a kid forever, and he sees that even though the world is filled with evil, he can accept it, or at least live with it.
As a result of this, Holden felt it was his responsibility to protect the innocence of all children. Holden believes that all children are lucky to have innocence. Once you reach a certain age, your innocence just disappears. He wants children to be grateful of their innocence. This meant that if someone was about to lose their innocence, Holden would save them.
As for Allie, a pointless and unforeseeable illness took him out of Holden’s world too soon. In Holden’s eyes, Allie was the only person in the world that wasn’t a phony. Holden doesn’t want to grow up to become a phony. If he dies young, he will have died without becoming a phony and this is very important to him. “I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cementery, and I have a tombstone and all, it’ll say ‘Holden Caulfield’ on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it’ll say ‘F*** you’.
“What I did, I started talking, sort of out loud, to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very depressed. I keep telling him to go home and get his bike and meet me in front of Bobby Fallon's house.” (110). When Holden is feeling completely awful and can not deal with the real world anymore he goes into an almost alternate reality, talking to Allie as if he were really there sitting in the room with him.
Throughout the book, Holden is struggling to get by. The death of his brother Allie has left him in a tough spot. Holden doesn’t exactly know how to deal with this. The different stages of grief are represented through Holden. Holden shows denial and anger when he flashbacks to one of his memories after his brother’s death.
It makes me so depressed I go crazy. I hated that goddam Elkton Hills.” Holden does not speak about Allie’s death directly nor openly. There’s a link between his inability to articulate his feelings and his depressive state. He has a hard time to fully process it.
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.
A. Allie’s death causes Holden to become obsessed with death and this obsession makes him believe that growing up and becoming a “phonie” is like dying; this belief that is planted inside Holden’s head when Allie died is what sends him on a quest to preserve children’s innocence and save them from the “death” of growing up. B. Salinger includes the traumatic story of Allies death that happened years in advance to provide an explanation for Holden’s obsession with death and how he sees loss of innocence as equivalent to dying. Allie died with his innocence still intact, so Holden does not want other children to grow up and have their innocence “die”. C. Holden even admits to being mentally unstable after his brother’s traumatic death when he says, “I was only 13, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all
Holden says that all he want to do is be the catcher in the rye protecting children from falling. The whole novel Holden makes observation around him that are taking away from children's innocence. This is what upsets him the most the fact that everyone will eventually have to grow up. While he is trying to go get Phoebe he is reminded this in the following quote. “I went down by a different staircase, and I saw another "Fuck you" on the wall.
Isolation and Depression: A Vicious Cycle Grief. Depression. Isolation. What do you think when you hear those words? Holden Caulfield has been through a lot, from being kicked out of several schools to being so depressed he wonders why he should go on living. Holdens family keeps pushing him away and that’s where he learns his tendency to push people away who he cares about.
To start, the death of Holden’s younger brother, Allie, has impacted Holden’s life to a certain extent. He passed away when he was eleven years old and when Holden was thirteen years old from Leukemia. Holden has not been the same ever since the death and can be shown by, “I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don’t blame them. I really don’t.
He feels very protective of his little sister Phoebe because she reminds Holden of Allie since they are both younger than Holden and have red hair. For example, when visiting Phoebe’s school, Holden becomes infuriated by the profanity written on the wall and is concerned that other kids, including Phoebe, may see the writing (Salinger 221). Not only does Holden want to prevent other kids from growing up, he wants to keep his own innocence so he does not forget about Allie. Holden notes that “the best thing [about museums] was that everything always stayed right where it was… The only thing that would be different