Essay about Depression : A State Of Mind

1176 Words Dec 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Depression: A State of Mind Phony: “not real or genuine; fake; counterfeit” (Dictionary.com). This one word is Holden Caulfield’s favorite word. Holden Caulfield is the protagonist and narrator of the novel The Catcher in The Rye, written by J.D. Salinger. Holden is a lonely seventeen-year old who has been expelled from the prestigious, all boy academy, Pencey Prep. He is a very judgemental and hypocritical person to the surrounding world, and tries to protect his innocence as a child to keep himself from entering the adult world. Holden tells his story through a flashback, from inside what is believed to be a mental hospital or sanitarium in Southern California. He displays the symptoms for the mental disorder depression, resulting from his traumatic childhood. Depression is a “profound and persistent feeling of sadness or despair and/or a loss of interest in things that were once pleasurable” (“Depression and Depressive Disorders”). There are many aspects of Holden’s personality that can be characterized as depression. Holden exhibits many of the common symptoms of depression. Throughout the flashback, Holden explains his journey as he travels from Pencey Prep to New York City. Throughout the days running around New York City, Holden rarely talks about sleeping or how much he has slept. Holden states on multiple occasions, “The one thing I hate to do is go to bed when I’m not even tired” (Salinger 66). This transpires again when he says, “I’m not tired”…

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