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

832 Words Aug 5th, 2016 4 Pages
“That depressed the hell out of me.” (Salinger, 273)

J.D. Salinger’s 1951 work The Catcher in the Rye grasps its readers by placing its focus on character development instead of the plot of the story. Holden Caulfield is a well-rounded character with a history, opinions and, at times, troubling emotions. He is a character filled with inner and outer conflicts. His internal battles and the friction occurring between him and the people around him cause Salinger’s character to exist in a spectrum between being overpoweringly relatable and clearly fictitious. Holden Caulfield is in a constant fight against what is expected from him. His uncensored thoughts expose the readers to the emotional chaos existing within his mind. Consequently, Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is a genuine account of a troubled adolescent boy.
Salinger’s work is famous for its blatant repetition of words, such as the excessive use of the word “phony”. Holden’s use of the word “depressed” is another example of a term that holds a lot of weight in this work. Depressed in its simplest form means “a state of being lowered”("depression, n."). It originates from the Latin word dēpressiōn-em, which means, “to press down” ("depression, n."). It’s a word that varies in meaning. It pertains to economic matters such as The Great Depression, physical formations, as well as a state of being and, as it is frequently used now, a psychiatric disorder. In Holden’s case, we can quickly conclude that his use of…

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