Analysis Of ' Holden 's ' The Rye ' Essay

983 Words Nov 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Apathy instead of Empathy
Holden Caulfield is a distrustful, mentally ill sixteen year old boy, who has been kicked out of numerous different prep schools, and is extremely lonely. He is at Happy Farms because he has been showing signs of psychosis and other troubling conduct throughout his account, The Catcher in the Rye. Because of Holden’s current state, mental incapacitation and numerous problematic behaviors, he should remain institutionalized at Happy Farms. Holden has shown many dangerous behaviors within his account. His most troublesome being his relationship is with Allie, his younger brother. Allie died of leukemia when Holden was thirteen years old. Instead of dealing with with the loss of his brother, Holden had a complete mental breakdown, in which he “broke all the goddam windows with [his] fist, just for the hell of it” (39). He continues to say that he “hardly didn’t even know [he] was doing it” (39). The trauma from losing his brother was so intense, I bled into the rest of his life, causing him to both disassociate and break down emotionally. Holden often loses track of himself because he can’t deal with his miserable life, subconsciously trying to not exist. Even though this event happened three years prior to his account, he is still obsessive about Allie and is incapable of moving on and forming other relationships. When asked by Phoebe, his little sister, what he liked, Holden’s first and only response was “I like Allie” (171) and when Phoebe tried to…

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