Catcher in the Rye: Holden Caulfield and Teenage Angst

Even the tiniest minute in somebody’s life can change them permanently. Holden Caulfield, the primary character from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is the notorious personification of teenage angst. Though Holden resembles the average teenager in many methods; he has mood swings, does not like his parents, and does not know what he wants to make with the rest of his life. Though, unlike normal teenagers, Holden is also struggling to manage the death of his younger brother Allie, although the death itself occurred years back. As a result of bad coping techniques, Holden has actually lost the ability to operate appropriately. He remains stuck in the previous, disappointed that the world keeps turning and things keep changing, no matter just how much he wants whatever would simply stay the same. He has problem speaking with individuals, often developing relationships in his head. This odd routine of his typically results in more disappointment when a person he believes to be his buddy acts in a different way and is seen throughout the book in a number of the encounters he has with others. Holden also has a pattern of briefly obsessing over seemingly pointless things, such as where the ducks enter winter season and the way his little sibling writes. These small fascinations are scattered throughout the novel and demonstrate how he has problem dealing with unanswered questions and modification. They likewise link back to the death of his sibling Allie in that he has trouble being in a world where Allie isn’t, constantly wanting his life to rewind back to when Allie was alive instead of pressing forth, the world refusing to stop spinning. Holden Caulfield is permanently damaged by the traumatic though long-past death of his cherished younger brother Allie and hence has unusual tendencies as a method of dealing with his sorrow.

In a group of individuals who have actually experienced something that induces sensations of sorrow, a single person is the affect, suggesting they bring the grief for the group. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is bring the sorrow of his bro’s death for his household. Filling this function has actually taken a toll on Holden. Though Holden’s down spiral has actually already taken place prior to the unique begins, one can see the residues of his death. When evaluating how Holden relates to people one can see the results of stated demise. It is very important to keep in mind that though Holden did experience quite a fall, he didn’t struck rock bottom. After all, he is still able to function and have relationships with others, as bad and possibly fictional as they may be. Still, Holden is broken and not able to put himself back together properly. Like anything damaged, he can no longer function properly. He has actually established odd habits and a twisted way of handling the world. This is seen when he interacts with other people, he has a tendency to create relationships. Holden tends to “… instead of look for a complex judgment for various people, Holden makes hasty categorical judgments about them” (Enotes). For instance, when discussing Ackley, the young boy who resides in a dormitory near him at the school he goes to at the start of the unique, he initially describes him as a horrible boy who irritates him tremendously. “He began talking in this really dull voice, and choosing at his pimples” (Salinger 37). Yet, after a number of more circumstances where he engages with Ackley, he starts to see him in a more favorable light, speaking of him fondly. “‘You’re a prince, Ackley kid …'” (Salinger 47). Holden often thinks that Ackley can read his mind and understand the weird things he does, but Ackley’s actions prove otherwise. The same chooses his relationship with Jane, a girl who lived near him over the summertime. He casts her as a sweet, sad woman, imagining that she felt for him the exact same method he felt for her, declining to believe that she has changed since he last saw her. When he finds out that she is going on a date with his pompous roommate Stradlater, he feels betrayed and confused, unable to comprehend that she would go out with somebody who, according to Holden, would treat her wrongly and wouldn’t make her happy. When discussing her with Stradlater, Holden first appears indifferent about her, however as he continues talking, reveals the true sensations he has for her. The only issue is, Jane has no concept that Holden feels for her, although he pretends that she does. The truth that someone else is going out with Jane shatters the illusion he had of their love. He combats Stradlater when he returns from the date, angry that Stradlater even went out with her when in Holden’s head, Holden plainly didn’t want him to. “If you understood Stradlater, you ‘d have been stressed too” (Salinger 40). Though Holden never ever speaks straight to Jane throughout the novel, he feels strangely protective of her, nearly maniacally thinking that she is his and his alone. This shows the fact that Holden, damaged by his brother’s death long back, is unable to work correctly.

Another manner in which Holden reveals how damaged he is by ending up being almost manic when fixated on a person or an item that has impacted him in some way. These obsessions are normally over something little, seemingly unimportant, and serve no purpose aside from to convey how unsteady Holden is and show his almost childish temperament a residue of Allie’s death. When in a cab in New york city City in the winter season, Holden asks the taxi driver where the ducks go when the pond freezes over. The chauffeur is irritated by this and doesn’t really address him, but Holden can’t proceed from the concern till he gets a response. In this situation, the duck’s disappearance represents Allie’s death. He desperately needs to know where Allie has gone, declining to believe that he is gone forever. This shows that Holden so close to toppling over the edge into complete lunacy, sticking on by just a couple of threads. Another small fixation of his is Jane. He brings up random, detailed memories of her throughout the unique, such as the method she looks or how she plays checkers. She constantly seems to be in the back of his mind. Unlike the ducks, Holden is never able to completely carry on from Jane; she made a huge influence on him. She was the only person he showed Allie’s baseball glove to, proving that she held a crucial place in his heart. The glove is valuable to Holden because Allie had actually composed poems all over it while in the outfield when playing baseball. The most essential aspect of Jane is that she made Holden pleased. “You were never ever even worried, with Jane … [all] youn knew was, you enjoyed” (Salinger 79). It is one of, if not the only instance where Holden describes himself as delighted. He informs his memories with Jane in a fond way, describing her down-to-earth, sweet character, saying how he never ever worried when he was with her. As depressed as Holden is, it’s no wonder that someone who made him pleased would imply so much to him. Regretfully, the only manner in which he can deal with his feelings for Jane is by consuming over her, refusing to ignore the moments they shared no matter how long ago they were. Jane is not the only person that Holden is fixated on. Phoebe, Holden’s little sis, proves to play an important role in his life as she is constantly referred to throughout the novel. The memories he raises about Phoebe typically have a more bittersweet tune than those of Jane, as he is distressed by the fact that his sis keeps maturing and changing. “She’s extremely caring. I indicate she’s quite love, for a child” (Salinger 161). Phoebe and Jane are similar because they each have actually assisted him unwind and are people that he feels comfy being himself with. When Holden is with Phoebe when he comes home from Pensfield Prep, he weeps over how she is so going to help him. Unlike Jane, however, Phoebe’s love for her bro is genuine and unimagined. She enjoys him very much, and would do anything to make him happy. She even tries to opt for him near completion of the novel when he is leaving the city. Holden enjoys her simply as much, proving it with the nostalgic memories he informs the reader. Like his memories of Jane, they are unusually specific and detailed. Among them is the method she composes. He remembers each of her misspellings and characters, making him sad that he never ever sees her. Another is the method she acts, such as when he goes to the films with her and she understands all the lines to her favorite film, The 39 Steps. “She understands the entire goddamn motion picture by heart, due to the fact that I’ve taken her to see it about 10 times” (Salinger 67). He says the important things she does “eliminate him”, or make him depressed. Lastly, Holden is focused on his brother, Allie. This is yet another case where Holden raises a character throughout the book. Allie made the greatest impact on Holden. When Allie dies, Holden is permanently altered. This discomfort changes him. He now has trouble with relationships and relating to the world in general as he misses Allie and his youth with his beloved sibling.

Holden Caulfield is a tortured soul with a broken heart and a shattered mind. He is not sure of who he is and who he wishes to be, wanting whatever to remain the exact same. After his younger brother passes away at a young age, Holden loses the capability to function correctly. Refusing to accept the reality that change is inevitable, he can no longer act within the standard. He has a hard time when connecting with other individuals and tends to develop relationships in his head, when in reality they do not exist. Seen numerous times throughout the unique, this sad practice makes meeting and interacting with people hard for him, as he frequently holds half the discussion in his head. Holden also has a tendency to obsess over seemingly insignificant details in his life. This is a result of the reality that he does decline change and thus keeps details that he hopes will never be modified by the passing of time. Sometimes this fascination is short, like when he wonders where the ducks enter winter season. Other times the fascination resurfaces multiple times throughout the novel. These fixations are often over individuals that are essential to him, from his dead bro Allie to the lady he loves, Jane. All of Holden’s actions mentioned above prove that Allie’s death was the catalyst for Holden’s demise.

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