Analysis Of Holden Caulfield 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye ' Essay

1197 Words Dec 11th, 2014 5 Pages
The teenage brain is a complexly wired, chaotic misconception that is constantly changing and exhibiting more emotions than a child’s mood ring. Today’s adolescents are infamous for their outrageous behaviors and immature obstinance. Their feelings range from elated to morose and can switch in the blink of an eye. However, some teenagers are more capricious than others, most likely due to possible mental illnesses. This becomes apparent in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, which follows the story of Holden Caulfield, an ostracized and distraught teenager who has flunked out of Pencey Preparatory High School in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. With an attentive analysis of Holden’s actions throughout the novel, it becomes evident that he suffers from a mental disorder, suggestively bipolar disorder or depression that is brought on by traumatic circumstances and is presented via his fluctuating mood swings. He also has little motivation and impulsive thoughts and possesses other symptoms corresponding with these disorders. Holden is suffering from bipolar disorder and has rapid mood swings that greatly affects how he goes about his life. According to a New York State Office of Mental Health article on bipolar disorder, a conducted study established that “people with rapid-cycling [bipolar disorder] had their first episode about four years earlier, during mid to late teen years, than people without rapid-cycling bipolar disorder” (Bipolar disorder…). Rapid-cycling…

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