In A World That Is Infested With Pain And Suffering, Tragedies

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In a world that is infested with pain and suffering, tragedies are bound to happen. Events in our lives affect us dramatically and we all cope with them differently. The pain and suffering a human feels can only be felt by those who have experienced the same thing, yet some people are able to deal with it while others just give up on everything. At times the trauma is just too much for a person to deal with and they shut themselves away as Holden Caufield does. Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory allows us to look at Holden Caufield through the lens of a psychiatrist point of view in the narrative The Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger. Salinger’s narrative demonstrates the part of our conscious that is unaware.…show more content…
Salinger ended up marrying a French national whose name is Sylvia the marriage would come to an end like many of Salinger’s relationships with women. One major defense in psychodynamic can be seen in Salinger, reaction formation which is “Behaving in a way that is the opposite of one 's true wishes or desires in order to keep these repressed” (472). Demonstrating how Salinger portrays himself in Holden. The need for Salinger to obtain this mechanisms of defense might be because of a relationship in the past he had with a women. Salinger fought in World War II from 1942 until the war was over. When Salinger was at war he witnessed a huge amount of combat and affected him enormously he had to be hospitalized for combat-related stress. While in the army, Salinger would continue to write and publish. Criticisms would come from people that recognized him and the public. After the publication of The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger attempted to avoid contact with the public. Psychoanalytic literary criticism allows us to analyze the author and his life, and the literacy work supply us with evidence. A major tragic event that happens to Holden as an adolescent is the death of his younger brother, Allie. Holden is unable to cope with the death of this brother and his unconscious demonstrates that. The tone that Holden uses when talking about his brother gives

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