Holden Caulfield Psychoanalysis

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Psychoanalytic is a theory that emphasizes on analysing an individual’s actions based on their conscious and unconscious mind. The Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger that talks about a character named Holden Caulfield dealing with acceptance of him growing up to be an adult. The novel is better understandable from a psychoanalytical perspective than an existential view because Holden’s behaviour and actions are be better comprehensible based on his mental state and how his mind reacts to different sections in the book. Holden has a strong train of thought of the world he lives in as being phony, so he pictures the world differently, as well as keeping himself isolated from it. His character and way of thinking shows him as a person who refuses weakness, however he does show sympathy and caring to those who are weak or vulnerable. Holden is in a battle within his mind on whether to grow to be an adult or to stay innocent, but to everyone he meets, he aspires to protect their innocence. The style of writing is already very different to what is expected during the time period the novel was written in. Salinger has Holden speaking in…show more content…
It is seen that Holden is constantly having a battle within his mind on whether to grow up or to stay as a child. He always tries to protect the people he cares about from becoming an adult, such as Phoebe. He creates a fantasy world within himself to avoid the adult world he thinks to be phony and his physical characteristics is used to have himself feel unique and to show off his individuality. He creates this big barrier that isolates him from the rest of the world until he sees Phoebe and the other kids on the carousel. Only then, he learns that he cannot stop growth, and that he needs to leave his fantasy world or else his mind will eventually take over his
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