This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Cather In The Rye Holden

1580 words - 7 pages

Do you know that about 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood? According to Teen Depression:
Teen depression can affect a teen regardless of gender, social background, income level, race, or school or other achievements, though teenage girls report suffering from depression more often than teenage boys. Teenage boys are less likely to seek help or recognize that they suffer from depression, probably due to different social expectations for boys and girls – girls are encouraged to express their feelings while boys are not. Teenage girls’ somewhat stronger dependence on social ties, however, can increase the chances of teen depression being triggered ...view middle of the document...

He doesn’t like Pencey very much because according to him, Pencey is “full of phonies.” At school, he seems doesn’t have many friends. Holden separates himself from his classmates by not involving in the school activities. For instance, during the football game, Holden is standing on top of Thomsen Hill, away from the crowd. He states,
You could see the whole field from there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place. You couldn’t see the grandstand too hot, but you could hear them all telling, deep and terrific on the Pencey side, because practically the whole school except me was there (Salinger 2).
He is watching the people instead of connecting with them. Furthermore, He thinks that all people are phonies, especially adults. In one incident, he calls Ernie a phony, “Old Ernie turned on his still and gave this very phony humble bow. Like as if he was a helluva humble guy, besides begin terrific piano. It was very phony-I mean him being such a big snob and all” (Salinger 84). He doesn’t even know Ernie at all and he judges him and says that he is a phony. This causes him to be depressed because he always goes somewhere and ends up leaving because somebody is phony. Moreover, He doesn’t appear to let himself to get close to anyone. He states, “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life” (Salinger 16). Holden doesn’t let people know the real Holden. He lies to protect his individuality and his character.
The only people that Holden doesn’t call phonies are Allie, Phoebe, Jane and Mr.Antolini. The other example of him not having friends is when he is in New York City and about to call someone, he says, “I had to look through my address book to see who the hell might be available for the evening. The trouble was, though, my address book only has about three people in it. Jane, and this man (Carl Luce), Mr. Antolini “(Salinger 136). This is shows that he doesn’t any real friends. First, Jane, he never talks to Jane anymore. Then, Carl Luce, holden states, “ I didn’t like him too much” (Salinger 136), this shows that Carl Luce is not holden’s friend. The last one is Mr. Antolini, he was Holden’s teacher at Elkton Hills, this is clear that he is not Holden’s friends. Holden Caulfield isolates himself because of his depression.
The third symptom that Holden has been experiencing is always talking about his traumatic event. He still can’t cope with his brother death. His brother, Allie died from leukemia when Holden was still young. Allie is a very important person to Holden. Holden describes him as “terrifically intelligent” (Salinger 38) and “about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that’re alive and all” (Salinger 171). After Allie’s death, Holden broke all the widows in the garage with his fist. He states, “I know he’s dead! Don't you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can’t I? Just because somebody’s dead, you don’t just stop liking them, for God’s sake” (Salinger 171). This...

Other Essays Like Cather in the Rye - Holden

Catcher in the Rye Essay

915 words - 4 pages When one’s imagination becomes the director and producer of his thoughts and actions, he loses touch with reality. The ideas and plans are in a chaotic time slot; loneliness becomes the major factor in forming erratic thoughts and actions. In the novel A Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger gives insight to the protagonist’s thoughts, experiences, and frustrations in his world. Holden Caulfield’s instinctive desire to be a savior of the innocents

Catcher In The Rye Essay

949 words - 4 pages The book Catcher in the Rye tells of Holden Caulfield's insight about life and the world around him. Holden shares many of his opinions about people and leads the reader on a 5 day visit into his mind. Holden, throughout the book, made other people feel inferior to his own. I can relate to this because although I do not view people inferior to myself, I do judge others unequally. Holden and I both have similar judgements of people from the way

Catcher in the Rye

516 words - 3 pages Holden’s alienation is a form of protecting himself but by doing it also makes him very lonely. Throughout the book The Catcher in the Rye we can see that Holden finds himself as an outcast, and because he isolates himself it makes him even more lonely. All he needs to do is build a relationship with someone, and put himself out there. This is hard to do when you are someone who can open up and tell the truth to people. I think Holden is

Catcher In The Rye

1936 words - 8 pages individualism readily embraced by the US was far from a simple political ideology. The primary significance assigned to money and consumerism integrates dubiously into a culture supposedly upholding authentic morality in the face of the demonised and invisible, yet omnipresent Communism of the USSR. In The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger's seminal teen novel, the seventeen year old narrator Holden Caulfield searches for innate authenticity, evaporating

The Catcher in the Rye

1044 words - 5 pages people it concerns. And at The catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, This book is about main character Holden who is maladjusted and he wanders in his school life. And during two days after being expelled from his Pencey high school, there are his experiences and his idea crossed his mind. In the books A Lesson before Dying and The catcher in the Rye, Grant and Holden are negatively affected theirs identity by familial, societal, and psychological

Catcher in the Rye 3

868 words - 4 pages Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, should long be remembered as an American classic. Although some may not consider it one of the most eloquently written stories of its time, it certainly captures the reader’s attention. Salinger is able to incorporate philosophical views throughout the story in terms of Holden’s ethical code; at the same time, he keeps the reader entranced with radical turns of events and

The Catcher in the Rye 4

609 words - 3 pages turns to the only person he can relate to, his sister Phoebe. He sneaks into his parent's apartment at night to talk to his sister. He tells her about his dream to be a "catcher in the rye," and that he wants to run away. He then leaves to meet his former teacher, Mr. Antolini. They have a good talk, but Holden leaves in a hurry when he thinks his host makes a sexual advance on him. He spends the night in a train station, then runs around town

"The Catcher In The Rye", J.D. Salinger

599 words - 3 pages In "The Catcher in the Rye", Holden Caulfield has some sort of mental disorder, as he ends up in an institution. To get a deeper understanding of Holden’s problem, one must evaluate his different moods throughout the tale. For instance, Holden’s constant depression with rare moments of happiness indicates suppressed feelings from some previous event. His spontaneous anger also shows that Holden has problems controlling himself. The

Book Review The Catcher In The Rye

1207 words - 5 pages Salinger, J.D., The Catcher in the RyeMcClelland and Stewart Limited, Canada, 1951, No. Pages 216Book ReviewThe Catcher in the RyeThe novel " The catcher in the rye" written by J.D. Salinger, is a novel about a young teenage New Yorker who journeys through New York for four days in order to go back home to see his parents. The young teenager goes by the name of Holden Caulfield, Holden is expelled from school from poor achievement once again. He

The Catcher in the Rye Symbolism

2301 words - 10 pages Critical Text 22/11/13 Hypothesis: Symbols in The Catcher in the Rye are used to transform the most straight forward themes. “Certain things should stay the way they are.” Holden Caulfield, the main character and the narrator of the controversial classic, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger. Salinger’s first person narration in combination with the symbols in the novel is his two main features which Salinger uses to transform

Summary of the Catcher in the Rye

1241 words - 5 pages · Holden shows every sign of being a social outcast generally speaking, identifying himself with other outcasts, like for example the lunatic in the tombs in the New Testament and partly also the two nuns. The same goes for his constant concern for the ducks in Central Park, actually one of the few symbols/ metaphors/ poetic images in the novel. · Holden’s problems getting on with his fellow students, for example at Pency Prep Â

Related Papers

Catcher In The Rye Holden Characterization

399 words - 2 pages Holden's CharacterizationsHolden's depression starts with the death of his brother, Allie . Holden is expelled from numerous schools due to his poor academics which are brought on by his depression. Manic depression, compulsive lying, and immaturity throughout the novel characterize Holden.Events in Holden's life lead him to become depressed. Holden's depression centers on Allie. The manner that Holden sees himself and how he sees others leads

Holden Caufield's Distinct Personality In J.D. Salinger's Novel, "The Catcher In The Rye"

358 words - 2 pages Holden Caufield, the main character in J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, has two distinct sides to his personality. He is sometimes sarcastic and cynical, and he is sometimes kind and sweet. The majority of the book is in Holden's sarcastic and cynical personality. One instance that we see this is towards the beginning of the book when Holden is in his room and Ackley barges in. At one point Holden says, "How 'bout sitting down or

Catcher And The Rye. What I Belive Holden Caulfield Would Be Doing Today In The 21st Century

512 words - 3 pages with his family, especially his sister.After five years Holden graduated with an average of a 3.0. Holden, eager to work, started looking through the paper when he noticed there was a guidance counselors position open at a near by high school in Bayonne. Holden figured this would be a great chance for him to be the "Catcher in the rye "as he said. He took the job there and was soon known by my other students and I as "Mr.C". We felt comfortable

Catcher In The Rye Essay

815 words - 4 pages Everyone around you can influence you in any way, negatively or positively. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden encounters many people throughout his journey. These relationships he has influence his view of the world, he matures from someone who dislikes the shallow cruel world to understanding this is how life is. This development is shown through "phonies" he meets throughout the novel, his brother Allie, and his