Psychoanalytic Theory Of ' The Catcher Of The Rye ' Essay

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Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory argued that human behavior is composed of three fundamental parts of the mind such as the id, ego and the superego. The protagonist in the book The Catcher in the Rye depicts some traces of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory. In the narrative The Catcher in the Rye the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, is presented as a perturbed adolescent who isolates himself from the world and has a challenging time being a part of society, much like the author himself. Holden enters upon his psychoanalytical experience the day he got kicked out of school. Holden commences the book by stating “I 'm not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything. I’ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy” (Salinger 1). It is within that opening statement that permits the readers to access the world with adolescent ranging confusion; Salinger arranges for the reader the underlying theme of Sigmund Freud 's work regarding the unconscious state of mind. “It [unconscious] contains primitive sexual and aggressive impulses as well as memories of troubling emotional experiences (e.g., traumatizing events)” (Hartford 469). The unraveling behaviors in this narrative, examined by the eyes of the psychoanalytic appeal, may assist the readers helping them discover a deeper meaning and an opposed interpretation to their reading. Holden’s…

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