And this novel has become required reading in high schools across the country; and those of us who read it fall into the trap set by the phonies. Several other details match those found in the first chapter of Catcher, including a reference to the mother of one of Caulfield's schoolmates and to his own mother sending him a gift of ice skates, but the story ends with his returning home instead of running away from school. Spencer's characterizing his problems at the Whooton school as similar to his problems at Pencey. His actions and the way he acts reveals that Holden is very lonely, and is longing for human companionship. Eventually he has a mental breakdown. It's the perfect entry into the discussion for kids in high school.
She is red hair that is short in the summer and long in the winter. Inappropriate anger or difficulty controlling anger e. In honor of April Fools' Day, I thought it appropriate to pay homage to that jokester, much beloved of all adolescents and many adults, Holden Caulfield, protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye. Indeed, what we know about Holden is that he basically quit Elkton Hills p. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.
What would a teenager say in the face of that? Holden was a witness to this young man's death. Caulfield flat our refuses to discuss what happened after the day in the park with Phoebe, and while he does say that he went home and got sick, the reader should at this point know that Caulfield is an unreliable narrator and that's probably not all that's there to it. Holden still often thinks of her. The time period, culture, and class don't seem to matter much: the book has fans in many countries and all classes. He doesn't seem to notice that he gets taken advantage of over and over and over again.
Unsourced material may be challenged and. Here are my thoughts on the subject. This book is the standard by which all disorders are classified in all psychology fields. This disorder is often overlooked because it's hard to put a finger on. In this modern era, he could be classified more specifically as some who suffers from diseases like depression, schizophrenia, and potentially more. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around — nobody big, I mean — except me. People on other literary sites have similar views.
Holden is a very anxious and nervous character. In fact, you could even argue that Salinger made Holden too emotionally mature—that a real sixteen-year-old would never have this level of wisdom, even if he thought he did. When he comes to the Whooton school, he observes how Luce controls conversations to maximize the impression he makes: Luce, a student advisor, does sex talks to impress the younger boys and then tries to separate everyone so no one can follow up with any smarter remarks p. I presented the following assessment to his students to give them a psychological profile of Holden Caufield's character. As someone who worked in crisis services for a few years, I can tell you, you know a borderline when you see one.
Adolescence, be merciful to him. Since the book's publication, Holden has become an icon for teenage and , and now stands among the most important characters of 20th-century American literature. Well, they didn't get him psychoanalyzed then, did they? The other thing is the instability in relationships, which often, but not always, involves going from love to hate on a dime. These words, from Chapter 12, refer to Lillian Simmons, a former girlfriend of D. The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg. I think this is a common anxiety. He was not in class when the shooting started.
Harassed by dumb cops, victimized by venal media types, abused by mental health professionals, weighted down by his bovine mother and her awful, stupid friends, Vernon moves through these pages as if in a fever dream, uncomprehending, always losing, always wrong. I started sweating like a bastard—my whole shirt and underwear and everything. Since the authorities in charge didn't come down on the bullies as killers, Holden also came to doubt their authority. Never mind that even museum displays change. Obviously, there is no question that Salinger has had profound influence on American literature, and on the American curiosity: For all of these secluded years, what has Salinger been up to? I think he also fits group D arguably even better than he fits group C as he has difficulty falling asleep and repeatedly finds it hard to concentrate, gets irritable, and is vigilant of phonies. Of course we know that Salinger's book is very popular indeed. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
Salinger constructed Holden Caulfield as a cynical person who cannot accept to grow up. It is at the very least interesting, if not fitting, that the death of J. To be accused first of friendship with evil, then of complicity with evil and finally, amazingly, of evil itself? Axis 2 refers to any personality disorder that may stem from Axis 1. And what would that have been like, to have been friends with killers? You hold the same dumb smile. That's all I'd do all day. .