Analysis Of ' The Rye ' Essay

1450 Words Jan 27th, 2015 6 Pages
Julius Caesar once said “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” Pain is an extreme emotion that we all experience on a quite frequent basis. It is so extreme in fact, anyone who truly endured the deepest of pains would likely agree that even death, a void that contains absolutely no emotion, would be more preferable. Pain weighs down on our souls, blurs the sight of our world, and stops the production that could occur in the absence of it. But, this does not translate to the inverse idea that intense joy increases action in a direct proportion to the amount that pain inhibits. The amount of success that is prohibited by pain far surpasses the amount accompanied by joy because despair is a far more potent of an emotion than happiness. Throughout the entire length of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has struggled with an obvious form of burden on his shoulders. He constantly wishes that he were dead, and often feels “crumby”. These pains, all of which he feels on his way home from escaping Pency, his “phony” prep school, guide him through New York city and although he experiences quite the most adventurous of endeavors, his pain holds him back from doing all he could. Multiple times throughout the novel, he attempts fruitlessly to call up his old friend Jane, who of which he seems to share a bit of a one sided love connection with. When walking back from the bar to his hotel, he…

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