Essay on The Holden Caulfield 's Problems

999 Words May 17th, 2015 4 Pages
Tal Usvyatsky
Period 2
Therapist Report
Holden Caulfield’s Problems In the juxtaposition of Holden Caulfield and the average adolescent, many of Holden’s prominent traits are abnormal and rather disconcerting. Holden’s depression and fixation on innocence are byproducts of the loss of his brother, Allie. Additionally, Holden’s dislike for social standards fuels his nonconformist attitude and ultimately furthers his feelings of depression. Equally as troublesome is Holden’s difficulty in connecting with other people, as it causes him to feel isolated. These three issues are superior in severity because they disable Holden from living a happy life. His feelings of alienation and depression caused by these three problems keep him in his perpetual state of incompetence. With these three significant events and conditions, Holden struggles to keep up socially, academically, and otherwise in a world that seems to run right past him. Grieving is a normal part of experiencing loss. However, in this process, a person finds ways to cope and eventually come to terms with the situation. This is not the case for Holden. Allie Caulfield’s death at the young age of eleven continues to haunt Holden and hinder him from any personal growth. In a composition, Holden writes about the night of Allie’s death saying, “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it” (39). Naturally, Holden’s immediate reaction is one of anger;…

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