Holden Caulfield Should Be A Rest Home Essay

1168 Words Jul 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Why Holden Caulfield should be in a Rest Home The author of Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger and the main protagonist Holden Caulfield have been criticized heavily throughout the existence of the book. Catcher in the Rye sparked many debates and controversy about the moral issues the book has raised. Throughout the book, Holden Caulfield is narrating from a rest home or mental hospital. In the end, the question that still stirs controversy is if Holden Caulfield should really be in a mental institution? After a thorough investigation, it will be proven that the author does indeed display why Holden should be in a rest home because of his attitude towards death, his need for psychological help, and the positive outcomes that are shown through staying in a rest home. Holden Caulfield 's attitude towards life is very unappreciative and negative compared to what people around him saw life as. His reactions and feelings he exhibits after being beaten up for some money are beyond what is normal. Once Maurice and Sunny left Holden 's hotel room after fighting Holden for the last 5 dollars, he begins to cry and have suicidal thoughts “What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would’ve done it, too, if I’d been sure somebody’d cover me up as soon as I landed” (Salinger 104). Holden is expressing his suicidal thoughts in a more serious tone which we can see by him stating he would have done it if he had a guarantee. This…

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