Grief: The Reason Behind Personal Fable and Imaginary Audience

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Sometimes the heart wrenching pain of grief changes the way people think about the world. People soon begin to feel that they are alone in the world. These people believe that their life is so bad, that nobody out there in the world could possibly be going through the same pain as they are. They feel watched and judged. These people believe they are unique and rare. Holden Caulfield, a character from the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, and Lindsay Weir, a character from the TV Show, Freaks and Geeks, share similarities with dealing with grief through personal fables and imaginary audience. The definition of personal fable is where someone believes that they are unique in everyway possible. This ties in with imaginary audience, which means someone seeking for attention, or believing that they are constantly being watched. This ties in together, because when a person is going through a personal fable, they sometimes focus on themselves, and believe that people are focusing on them as well. It is common for adolescents to feel this way. Holden and Lindsay prove this theory. In chapter 5 of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden speaks of his younger brother Allie. Allie passed away at a young age and ever since his death, it has been hard on Holden. Holden speaks of how Allie was smart and amazing. He speaks of memories he has of Allie, almost as if that would help his pain. (Salinger, 38). In Freaks and…

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