In one’s life, family serves as a quintessential ingredient for living with love and happiness. When taken away from someone, however, family can cause true devastation. In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the story is told through the eyes of Holden Caulfield who comes from a wealthy New York family . Throughout Holden’s story, the reader learns that his family’s successes cannot guarantee Holden’s happiness. Holden’s brother Allie, a couple of years younger than him, died three years prior to Holden’s recounting of his story. Holden’s broken hands that he busted in response to Allie’s death clearly show his extreme frustration, but more importantly the monumental amount of care that Holden had for his brother. Holden was not able to reach closure with Allie because he was in the hospital for his hands. In many different parts of the story, evidence points towards the fact that Holden has not gotten over his brother’s death. Holden tells about many other struggles that he encounters, including getting kicked out of several prep schools and having to survive the streets of New York by himself. For a sixteen-year-old boy, Holden is presented with many obstacles early in his life. As the source of his problems, Allie’s death causes Holden’s depression, his rebellious nature, and his desire to stop time. Allie’s death consequently results in a life full of depression for Holden. Holden lost one of the only people in the world whom he cared about: his brother. Several times throughout the story, Holden admits how he feels depressed. Before he leaves his boarding school Pencey Prep, Holden explains, “I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. . . . I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse” (4). Holden feels that proper goodbyes are necessary to achieve closure with something. He explains how if a goodbye is not said, you feel even worse, and he speaks from experience. Holden did not get a chance to properly part from Allie at his funeral. Holden likes the satisfaction in having closure with something, and Allie’s passing away with no “goodbye” deeply depressed him. Later in the book, Holden describes more of the grief he has experienced. When telling about a time after a prostitute left, he says, “I felt so depressed, you can’t even imagine. . . . I started talking, sort of out loud, to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very depressed” (98). Holden goes on to explain how his conversations consisted of telling Allie to meet him and his friend to shoot BB guns. Holden says how sometimes he did not let Allie go along with him because he was just a child. One can read into Holden’s feelings of guilt for not letting Allie participate in his activities sometimes. Holden imagines conversations with his dead brother when he is severely depressed. Holden admits the horrific state of his depression and how Allie acts as a source of his sorrow. Allie’s death seems to keep the depression circulating in Holden’s head, for Holden cannot find a way to rid himself of this grief-stricken state of mind. Holden’s rebellious nature is apparent throughout the story as he copes for the loss of his brother. The depression takes a toll on Holden as he can be found drinking many times during the story. After a night at the Wicker Bar in New York, Holden, age sixteen, tells the reader, “Boy, I sat at that goddam bar till around one o’clock or so, getting drunk as a bastard. I could hardly see straight” (150). To occupy himself, Holden drinks and smokes to his heart’s content. These rebellious actions may be due to his attempt at escape from reality, from his brother’s death. The rebellious side of Holden was not only shown from his illegal actions, but also from disregarding the adults in his life. While saying goodbye to one of his teachers Mr. Spencer, Holden receives some advice about his future. Mr. Spencer, trying to knock some…
CLINICAL SUMMATION AND REUNIFICATION PLAN
Date of Intake:
27 March 2015
Caseworker Team Names: Jake Potts, Jake Silva, Chance Belding, Jason Demostene, Drew
Family: Jake Silva
Peers: Drew Cramer and Chance Belding
School: Jason Demostene Community: Jake Potts
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“More I thought the more depressed I became” (195), “I got feeling so lonesome and rotten”…
of people that Holden does not like and there are only a few that he actually likes.
One of the few people, who is on the list of people who Holden likes, is Phoebe, Holden’s little sister. First of all, when Holden talks to Phoebe, “She always listens” (Holden) and pays attention to him. This shows that Phoebe respects her big brother, Holden, and does not like to be rude to him. This, too, shows that she is interested in what Holden is saying or telling her. Added to, Holden states, “And the…
thing. This is a clear situation we see in Holden Caulfield, From JD Salinger’s novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. Holden definitely has a problem with controlling his anger. We see his anger through his violent tendencies, over reaction to events and sometimes the sad and depressing images that capture his mind.
One of our first encounters with Holden unleashing his anger is when he gets in a fight with stradlater. It is hard to understand why Holden snaps so fast when Stradlater won’t answer…
name is Dr. Dan. For the past few weeks Holden and myself have built a strong relationship while I have been psychiatrically evaluating Holden. My goal is to help Holden through his few social dilemmas that separate him from the rest of the teenage world.
One attribute that has a great influence in Holden’s separation from the teenage world is his negativity towards others around him. He refers to almost everyone as a “phony” and a moron. I believe that Holden views the people around him like this…
Catcher in the Rye Final
Depression is a state in mind in which a person can’t seem to find anything to make them happy; which is how Holden the main character of the Catcher in the Rye felt throughout a couple of rough days. Many things that scared him occurred throughout his childhood; one he was forced to grow up from. As a teenager not being able find anything to make up for his tragic childhood led him to become very depressed. There were many factors that came into his depression such as his…
The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he’s telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital or sanatorium. The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is sixteen years old.
Holden’s story begins on the Saturday following the end of classes at the Pencey prep school…
Holden Two-column Notes
Topic: Holden Caulfield’s character traits.
1. Holden’s reactions and description to Ackley coming into his room and picking everything up. “The thing with Ackley that he picks all your stuff up and never puts it back where it goes.”
2. Holden goes on and on about everything.
3. When Holden is fighting with both Stradlater and Maurice, Holden refuses to shut-up; but rather…
talks about a young man who gets out of school and has an
adventure in the society. Holden is both an introvert and extrovert. There are so many
examples in the book that show sometimes he is an introvert and sometimes he is an
So why is he an introvert? In the book the reader could find a lot of words that Holden
does not tell the people who he meets, but the author writes in the sentences to let the reader
know. In chapter two, Holden thinks, “ I didn’t like hearing him say that. It made me sound…
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