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

1385 Words Jul 16th, 2015 null Page
When people reflect on others, they focus on a person’s actions and words. A person’s actions are caused by the unique and different personalities that they each possess, which can ultimately define who they are. Sigmund Freud, a psychoanalytic theorist who is the founder of psychology, has created theories that have greatly influenced the world. Among his theories is his psychoanalytic personality theory which focuses on the id, ego and superego, all of which contribute towards the understanding of human behaviour. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield goes on a three day journey to New York where he has the opportunity to live without rules and principles. Throughout Holden Caulfield’s journey, several aspects of his personality come to light which can only be explained through Freud’s personality theory. The human mind is unquestionably the most complex system in the body and encompasses 3 different personality types — the id, ego and superego — all of which interlock to define who a person is and how they behave within society. When it comes to one’s personality, it is possible that one either represses or expresses themselves depending on if it is the id, ego or superego in control. When the id is in control, one’s demeanour can be more outgoing and expressive as evident through Holden Caulfield’s actions, but it may not always be in a positive form. In The Catcher in the Rye, the id, an element of personality that strives for…

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