Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of A Boy Essay

1448 Words Sep 7th, 2015 6 Pages
The Catcher in the Rye, written by Salinger is a controversial book that portrays a small section of the life of a boy, Holden Caulfield, who is distressed, discontent, and depressed towards approaching adulthood. The controversy lies in whether Holden is depressed throughout the book or not and whether his actions indicate his unhappiness. There are many events in the book that support both sides of the controversy but when further examined, a few signs show that Holden Caulfield was definitely going through depression. The three main signs that indicate Holden’s depression are his isolation from the people around him, his substance misuse and sexual desires, and his hatred towards the many things he encounters including adulthood. These signs are seen throughout the novel as Holden leaves Pencey Academy and stays in New York for three days.

The first indication of Holden’s depression is seen through his interactions with the people around him and how he is basically separated from society. The novel begins with Holden getting expelled from a prestigious boarding school known as Pencey where he failed almost all of his classes. At Pencey, Holden does not have good friends and is usual alone because he thinks many people are “phony”. Not having someone close and not having activities to do is a source of depression according to the article.
“I remember around three o 'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill, right next to this crazy…

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