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

1230 Words Aug 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive” (Nietzsche 139).In this quote, Nietzsche denounces the idea of intrinsic merit and necessary differentiation between persons, calling it offensive, similar to society’s stigmatization of mental illness. Throughout the novel The Catcher in the Rye, the author J.D. Salinger frequently alludes to Roland Barthes’ quote that “literature is the question minus the answer.” One of the most prevalent questions that arises is ‘what is wrong with Holden Caulfield?’ From the beginning of the novel, Salinger hints that Holden has some sort of issue. This question is so ambiguous that Salinger places the leading protagonist into a situation in which everyone is so stumped as to his mental hindrances that he is receiving a psychoanalysis to determine what might plague him (Salinger 213). Sadly, the author never reveals what Holden 's issue is, so it is left to the reader to determine what could possibly be wrong. Some acclaimed people, such as Anna Freud, Sigmund Freud’s daughter believe after analysis that Holden suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Coles). Many others from various web based forums such as reddit and tumblr believe he may have depression or PTSD. These diagnoses are simply incorrect. Throughout his novel, The Catcher and the Rye, J.D. Salinger alludes to one condition more than any other, histrionic personality…

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