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

1007 Words Jun 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Negative emotions are feelings that are continued throughout the emotional development of a character. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden continuously describes that he is feeling depressed, no matter what situation he is in. Throughout Holden’s adventure in New York, it is made clear that he has suppressed his emotions regarding the death of his brother, Allie, and the times where these unresolved feelings surface is when he is alone. A specific moment in Holden’s story where he describes feeling deep sadness is directly after the prostitute he hires leaves him alone in his hotel room. Holden then begins smoking and reflecting on his day while looking out onto the sunrise, describing his current emotional state as “[feeling] so depressed, [he] can’t imagine” (Salinger 98). At this point in the novel, Holden has already experienced many difficult situations and currently feels as if he is in a rut. The depression that he is feeling at this point is reflective of the ominous outlook that he has on life; the hotel room is a symbolic representation of how Holden is shut out from the outside world and is stuck looking onto the rest of society as something separate from himself. The same separation from society, although for different reasons, is also shown in To Kill a Mockingbird with the character of Boo Radley. Both Boo and Holden shut themselves out of society, thus living like they are within a prison of their own making (Earnest). Therefore, the negative emotions that…

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