Analysis Of ' Salinger 's ' The Rye ' Essay

1075 Words Nov 17th, 2015 5 Pages
In J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, madness presents itself through the unpredictable protagonist Holden Caufield in moments where he thinks or does something impulsive and regrettable. Holden starts off unhappy because of his recent brother’s death. But his journey takes him into New York City where he wanders aimlessly, in search of who he is and where he is destined to go. After receiving some life-changing advice, Holden’s cynicism is finally explainable. Holden Caufield’s moments of madness characterize him as mentally unstable but his behavior is reinforces Emily Dickens’ idea of madness with a discerning eye.
Holden does quite a few things in name of eccentricity, but the event that prompts Holden’s “madness” is the night of Allie’s death. Holden is distraught by the passing away of his brother, but he describes what he did with a sort of informational monotone. It’s as if Holden is unaware of how to deal with Allie’s death, “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn 't do it. It was a very stupid thing to do, I 'll admit, but I hardly didn 't even know I was doing it, and you didn 't know Allie” (Salinger 50). The death of a loved one can have a very profound effect on the person experiencing the loss. The immediate effect of Holden losing…

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