The Catcher Of The Rye, By Jd Salinger Essay

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A world equivalent to hell: no friends, acquaintances, or inspiration. Nothing but the crumbling sanity of the brain, and the urge to backlash upon the world that deserted him into nothing but a struggling renegade. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, this problem is bestowed to sixteen-year old Holden Caulfield, who struggles with mental and social issues in New York after being kicked out of his school, Pencey Prep. Holden is suffering from something far more severe than a minor mental disorder such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, he has antisocial personality disorder, or an irrational and destructive mindset that is characterized by a disregard for others (“Antisocial Personality Disorder”). This is shown from Holden acting without regards to others stemmed from his unsafe and illegal practices, and how his actions are identical to an antisocial personality disorder victim, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal. Therefore the claims that Holden is suffering from anything minor, or any other disorder is fatuous as it goes against the hints left behind by Salinger in the rye field. In the minds of the most infamous serial killers exists one motive: a view that everyone else is undeserving of their empathy. Holden displays the seeds of disregard for others as gifted with antisocial personality disorder. Patients with this disorder display “a dejection towards the feelings of others…people with antisocial personality disorder often act…

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