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...