A Freudian Psychoanalytical Perspective On Holden Caulfield 's ' Catcher 's The Rye '

1743 Words Oct 16th, 2016 7 Pages
J.D Salinger’s novel, Catcher In The Rye is about a teen, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of the narrative. Holden is full of unique problems and most of the time lost in his own world, that can’t face reality. The psychoanalytic theory arranges a lens of definition when working at Holden Caulfield. Holden is seen as a lonely, rebellious teen who flunked out of an all-boys private school, Pencey Prep. Failing school exemplifies how Holden controls his own decisions in the real world. As stubborn Holden is, opening up his persona and experiences to people is very hard for him, “I’ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me…” (Salinger 1). From a Freudian psychoanalytical perspective, Holden would seem to keep all his thoughts all bottled up, not speaking, and opening up to people. Our preconscious holds the information we’ve stored from past experience or learning. This information can be retrieved from memory and brought into awareness at any time. Holden is one step closer to becoming a better-changed person by speaking to his psychiatrist, and there is only way to find out if he did.
The narrative allows the reader to be exposed to Holden Caulfield’s mind to form a psychoanalytical perspective and emphasize how he goes through many experiences. An example of when Holden went through a violent outburst is when his brother, Allie passed away. “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist just for the hell of it.”…

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