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
story of the problems Holden Caulfield, a troubled teenager, faces on the journey from
childhood to adulthood. After getting expelled from Pencey, the boarding school he
attends, he goes on a three day adventure in New York City to avoid his parents and the
reality his situation. On his adventure, he finds that the adult world is filled with
phoniness, a phrase he uses throughout the book to describe hypocrisy, shallowness,
and pretension, and he is disgusted by it. Throughout the book Holden feels alienated…
fails or succeeds.
Holden Caulfield was “troubled”, and had many obstacles to overcome, most of which
were his fault in the first place. He was failing out of school and was therefore getting kicked out. Also, he had this idea that everybody was a “phony”. Because of this notion he got along with almost nobody, especially his roommate, Stradlater. Holden had no boundaries, and he always said inappropriate and sometimes hurtful things. Although, there was one obstacle that Holden had in his path that…
that teenagers endure as they mature and enter adulthood. Holden Caulfield, the narrator, tells the story of his hardships. Any teenager’s mind can lose focus, especially in Holden’s case. Holden has many issues that lead to the root of his problems. Holden has been kicked out of several schools and endures many more issues. He suffers from the loss of a loved one, financial issues, and parental neglect. These three root problems lead Holden to the psychiatrist’s office.
There are many traumatic…
Abraham Lincoln once said, "Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." Holden from Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is good example of this quote. Holden is a sixteen year old boy living in the1950's, who got kicked out of yet another school for his bad grades. Holden's shadow is of a sixteen year old boy who simply doesn't care about anything. He just wants it drink and have sex like any other sixteen year old boy…
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…
depression. Not having friends can cause and lead to depression. All human beings are disconnected and they need to work at relating to others. Jim Stark from “Rebel Without a Cause” and Holden Caulfield from the The Catcher in the Rye are teenagers who struggle with connecting themselves to human beings.
Jim Stark and Holden Caulfield are two teenagers who struggle with relating to other human beings. Jim is a teenager who gets in trouble many times. In the beginning of the movie, he is drunk and is sent…
The problem that I will talk about Holden Caulfield is he shows no interest in school or academics. Holden Caulfield didn’t go to school regularly and he always skipped school. He was never focused on his academic studies so he never did his homework or tried to work hard for his grades nor academics. From chapter 1, page 4, line 3-6, it wrote that, ’’They kicked me out. I wasn’t supposed to come back after Christmas vacation on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself and…
Adrift, confused, and emotionally unstable, Holden exemplifies a teenager’s mentality. In the beginning of J.D Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, the troubled sixteen year old Holden Caulfield is sitting in a mental institution. This is due in part the untimely death of his close brother Allie. As a result, Holden’s world is shaken and turned upside down. What makes this unfortunate situation even worst then it already is, is the fact that Holden lacks the essential support from friends and…
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”…