Analysis Of Holden 's ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay

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superego takes control and changes his perspective drastically. He realizes that if he gives in to intimacy, he will rob the young girl of her innocence. Holden’s psyche has become so compromised with the complexities of Allie’s death that he cannot bare the idea of taking someone’s innocence. He swells up with guilt and refuses to have sexual intercourse with this young prostitute in order to preserve her innocence. From a Freudian perspective, Holden was deprived of his own innocence after allies’ death, therefore he does all he can to preserve others’ innocence. Holden lacks the presence of his ego; he seems to ignore the external world and does what he wants until finally his superego kicks in. Holden’s psyche is unstable.
Salinger projects his personal characteristics through Holden. Salinger’s life shaped Holden’s environment and his life. As a young boy, Salinger lacked supporting parents. According to a biography based on J.D. Salinger, “After flunking out of the McBurney School near his home in New York’s Upper West Side, he was shipped off by his parents to Valley Forge Military Academy” (). He was immediately sent away by his parents, leaving Salinger feeling neglected and alone. He wasn’t able to build relationships, because he wasn’t exposed to a familial relationship. Salinger lived a reclusive life in which he found comfort writing; he kept his work to himself. Salinger had difficulty connecting and building relationships just as Holden does. Holden has never…

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