Analysis Of Holden 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye '

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Holden seeks numerous ways in which he can escape responsibility of seeking help and discovering the root cause of his problem. The Catcher in the Rye is a novel written in the 1940s by the American author JD Salinger. JD Salinger,an American soldier during the Second World War, suffered shell shock, more commonly known as post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is the result of a traumatic event such as death or violence. Those diagnosed with PTSd suffer depression, anxiety and arbitrary flashbacks. Salinger 's protagonist Holden Caulfield is still affected by the death of his brother,Allie, and suffering from PTSD as a result. Holden Caulfield, a character who desires seclusion and struggling to progress is a literary adaption of Salinger himself, an introvert refusing contact with society. Holden attempts to find ways in which he does not have to admit that he requires medical attention for his depression. Holden believes that he can benefit from isolation, regression and refusing communication,with the exception of literature, because he will not have to admit he needs help.

Holden believes that seeking seclusion will allow him to escape society and forget his troubles. On the night when events took a turn for the worst, when he leaves Pencey, an idea comes to him. Just before he leaves,Holden visits Ackley and inquires how one joins a monastery. On page 50 Holden says, “‘what 's the routine on joining a monastery?” I was sort of toying with the idea of joining one. “Do…
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