Essay about An Analysis Of J. D. Salinger 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye '

1486 Words Jul 25th, 2016 6 Pages
In the twentieth century, mental health was not regarded with the amount of importance as it is today. People did not prioritize mental health as much as it is today, often resulting in the overlooking of people struggling with mental illness. Albeit this, over the past decade, mental health has become and increasingly supported and viewed issue and topic of resolution, most specifically among youth. Nowadays, there are many services, ideas and places to go for help with mental illness and the immense stigma around it is beginning to fade. The novel The Catcher in the Rye was written by J. D. Salinger in the beginning of the twentieth century and deals with an adolescent male who struggles with mental illness. The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, struggles with depression throughout the text and his struggle becomes increasingly apparent throughout the middle and the end of the novel. As the plot is set in the early twentieth century, Holden has no intention of finding help, nor does he know that something is wrong with him. With his self-imposed superiority and inability to find happiness in anything, it is clear that Holden is battling an illness that he cannot overcome, at least by himself. Had Holden been an adolescent in society today, there would be many services available to support him and to help him overcome his illness. As Holden struggles to overcome depression and other mental illness, he would greatly benefit from the services provided by the Canadian Mental…

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