Holden. Salinger 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

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Catcher in the Rye

Have you ever heard the expression, “You can’t take care of others if you can’t take care of yourself”? In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield would benefit from applying this expression to his life. Holden wants to be a “catcher” that prevents children from falling off the cliff of innocence and into adulthood. However, Holden has many issues of his own that thwart him from living a normal, happy life. Although Holden expresses how much he wants to care for others, he should take care of himself first because he is approaching a dangerous point in life due to his unhealthy behaviors.

Holden exhibits many irrational actions and distorted ways of thinking that bring affliction upon himself mentally and physically. When Holden finds out that his younger brother Allie passed away, he is unable to think straight so he “broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it . . . It was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it” (9). Holden’s negative emotions escalate to a point of physical violence and cause him to harm himself. He is unable to deal with distressing situations in a calm or logical manner. Later when Holden feels very depressed, he illogically deals with his emotions by hooking up with a prostitute. Holden explains, “It was against my principles and all, but I was feeling so depressed that I didn’t even think” (91). Holden resorts to associating with a prostitute…

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