Salinger And Holden Caulfield Psychoanalysis Essay

1550 Words Oct 4th, 2016 7 Pages
J.D. Salinger and Holden Caulfield Psychoanalysis J.D. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye, writes about a cynical teenage boy named Holden Caulfield who has a difficult time expressing his emotions to other people. Salinger also had a hard time with his social life, so he composed this novel to express his own difficulties through Holden Caulfield. When analyzing this novel, it is clear to see the similarities between Salinger’s own personal life and the life he creates for Holden. J.D. Salinger uses the character Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye to reflect his own social problems: interacting with other people, relationships, and status expectations. Holden Caulfield views everyone around him as social climbers, people who don’t act like themselves so they can impress others. Even Holden’s own brother, D.B., is a phony in Holden’s eyes due to the way he sold-out his writing talent to Hollywood, “He just got a Jaguar. One of those little English jobs that can do around two hundred miles an hour. It cost him damn near four thousand bucks. He’s got a lot of dough, now. He didn’t use to. He used to be just a regular writer, when he was home… Now he’s out in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute” (Salinger 4). Holden compares D.B. to a prostitute to show the way that he will write anything just for the money, not for the enjoyment of writing. He also mentions D.B.’s fancy new car, which shows how, like a prostitute, wealth and statues are the only things…

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