Characteristics Of Holden Caulfield

Holden Caulfield’s environmental factors have caused the unhinging of his mental stability and interactions with other individuals. Holden has been expelled from Pencey Prep, an extremely prestigious educational institution, however, he does not see the importance or concern with his conduct toward schooling. The patient seems to be resentful of practically every adult, he has been associated with, calling them “phonies”. (Page 15, Chapter 2) Phoebe Caulfield, the patient 's younger sister, is the only person whom has an unabridged comprehension of Holden. Speaking to the patient, he completely respects her because she has not become phoney, which he believes is what happens to many people have as they age. The patient 's behavior indicates …show more content…
Holden’s anxiety begins to transpire when he goes through large changes, for example, the death of his brother Allie. The patient begins to unravel as he feels more lonely, Holden then orders a prostitute, however he is not in the mood to have sex and “ sat down again and tried to keep the old conversation going”. (Chapter 13, Page 109) The prostitute does not want to engage in conversation with Holden making him anxious for her to leave the rooms. During this incident Holden felt depressed evaluating the circumstances of his environment, Sunny attempted to fabricate a sensual moment, however Holden “felt more depressed than sexy”, which is an example of a small yet unstable relationship. (Chapter 13, Page 107) The patient’s relationship with his girlfriend, Sally Hayes, has become increasingly unstable and intense since his expulsion from Pencey Prep. Holden and Sally went out on a date during the three days between when he left Pencey and his arrival home. During this date, Holden begins to orchestrate a life for them, however Sally feels that “you can 't just do something like that”.(Chapter 17, page 147) Hearing her stances on the idea puts Holden into a blind rage, yelling constantly at her “Why not? Why the hell not?”, but he is unaware of his volume, which is a symptom …show more content…
Holden begins to pretend that he had “a bullet in his gut”, which is an odd behavior in itself, drunk or not. ( Chapter 20, Page 166) The patient has a crush on a neighbor, he had in Maryland, named Jane Gallagher, he debates calling her often, perhaps because he actually has feelings for her. However, there are some comparisons between the two that are not appealing, Holden speaks about Jane’s step-dad who would “ run around the goddam house, naked. With Jane around and all”, this could be an indicator of sexual abuse on Jane’s step-father’s part. ( Chapter 4, Page 147) When Holden went to Mr. Antolini home Holden awoke to find Mr. Antolini “patting… (him) on the head and all” and “making a flitty pass at” him, Holden may have been sexually abused because “that kind of stuff has happened…to (him) around twenty times since (he) was a kid”, which could also be a reason for the patient 's anxiety and BPD. (Chapter 25, Page 215) Holden began to over analyze a magazine article and “started getting worried about… (his) hormones”, which is an indication of anxiety. While Holden is walking to Phoebe 's school a feeling overcomes him where he “came to the end of the block and stepped off the goddam curb… (he) had a feeling that (he) never get to the other side of the street” and he began asking his dead brother Allie not to “let… (him)

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