Essay about Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of The Rye

1543 Words Nov 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout your lifetime, it is quite possible that you will be diagnosed with a mental illness or a type of disorder due to stress or tragedy that you experience. It is evident that the protagonist, Holden Caulfield suffers from depression due to the death of his younger brother, Allie in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Due to Allie’s death, Holden’s actions elicit his own views of the world and the “phonies” around him. Holden has tunnel-vision to living a simple, happy life and isolates himself from those around him who understand the concept of growing up. Salinger uses a hat, a museum, and a merry-go-round to illuminate Holden’s emotion, the notion of adulthood, and the reality of growing up. Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory and the studies of Ego, Superego, and Id are used to show the significance of Holden’s behavior in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
The unconventional hat that is in Holden’s possession symbolizes his wish to hold onto the simplicity of childhood and separate himself from the “phonies” that surround him. “Much of the Catcher criticism has testified to Holden’s acute moral and esthetic perceptions – his eye for beauty as well as “phoniness” – but the significance of his immaturity in intensifying these perceptions has not been sufficiently stressed nor explained” (Bryan 1065). The hat comforts Holden in the aspect that it holds onto his brother’s childhood that was lost due to his premature death. Holden is terrified of growing…

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