Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

1480 Words May 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Have you ever experienced something in your life that had such an immense impact on you that it altered who you are and the way you live, forever? For Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye this was a reality. Holden’s blissful childhood was brought to an abrupt stop when his brother and best friend, Allie passed away. Everyone mourns the loss of loved ones differently. For Holden, he was stuck in the moment of his brother’s death. Experiencing such a trauma while being so young left Holden with lasting negative effects and the idea that there is no happiness past childhood. He was also left feeling alone and incapable of being close or forming any sort of relationship with others. Holden Caulfield in JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye struggled to come to terms with change or find any form of normalcy due to his persisting grief.
Holden Caulfield was struggling mentally due to his brother’s passing. Holden’s once positive perspective on life had been utterly consumed with depression and negativity. For instance, the thoughts he was often found obsessing over were related to death and all the ways that he could die. Holden and his brother, Allie, considered themselves each other’s best friends, so one can imagine when Holden lost Allie he was distraught. In the article, “An Overview of The Catcher in the Rye”, author Robert Bennett states, "One way to uncover the hidden layers of Holden 's mind is to look back on his childhood in order to find some significant or…

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