Angel Simon. Mrs Kehrmeyer. Ap English. 2 March 2017. The
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2 March 2017
The Island of Isolation
Holden Caulfield, the main protagonist in J.D. Salinger 's The Catcher in the Rye, illustrates the endless struggle of becoming an adult, without actually growing up. Psychoanalytical theory provides a closer lense into the character development of sixteen year Holden Caulfield, a six foot two grey haired child who’s afraid to grow up and face the problems of an inevitable reality. There’s many factors that contribute to Holden’s perplex personality including the absence of his parents, the death of his younger brother and the fact that he has to cope all this while simultaneously migrating from school to school . The ramifications of living under such…show more content…
Another key link between Holden and Salinger was their distaste of people. As Holden even states, “People are always ruining things for you” (Salinger 87) and Salinger himself demonstrates by living in seclusion for over 50 years until his eventual death at 91. In the end Holden was more than just a character, Holden symbolized Salinger’s beliefs and his adolescent years.
Another major factor behind Holden’s perplex personality is his depression. Holden’s makes his depression clear when he states, “New York 's terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night. You can hear it for miles. It makes you feel so lonesome and depressed. I kept wishing I could go home and shoot the bull for a while with old Phoebe” (Salinger 81) The joy of other brings misery to himself. However Holden wasn’t always depressed, much like any human being there were moments in his life where he experienced happiness. This is demonstrated when he talks about his younger brother as he states, “You 'd have liked him. He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent. He was terrifically intelligent. His teachers were always writing letters to my mother, telling her what a pleasure it was having a boy like Allie in their class. And they weren 't just shooting the crap. They really meant it.” (Salinger 38) Holden’s tone in his descriptions establish how much he idolized his brother. One can only