Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Holden Caulfield 's ' The Rye '

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PTSD and Catcher in the Rye Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that makes a person act unusual because of a significant, terrifying event that happened in their past, leaving them mentally scarred. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield suffers from a form of PTSD because his little brother died when he was younger. This event sends Holden through a psychological journey of alienation and isolation shown through six steps. War veterans are most commonly affected by PTSD because of the gruesome and horrendous things they witness on the battlefield. These tremendous horrors are incomparable to any experience a civilian might describe as terrifying. Much like war veterans, Holden Caulfield suffers from the many effects of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder shown through his behavior of alienation. The six steps of Holden’s psychological journey in order include; alienation, initiation, journey, suffering, reconciliation, and finally, communication. As the novel begins, so does Holden’s story of his journey as he is standing on the top of Thomsen hill while all of his schoolmates are down at the football stadium watching the big rivalry game against Saxon Hall. This opening scene portrays the first step in Holden’s journey, which is alienation, because he is intentionally avoiding everyone in result of his earlier mistake of leaving the fencing foils on the train. The second and most prominent step of Holden’s psychological journey is…

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