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Pessimistic Attitude In Catcher In The Rye

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Analise Calleo- Catcher in the Rye Essay In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger portrays an intriguing image of a teenage boy, Holden Caulfield, who deals with many abnormal strifes. Throughout the book , Holden leads us through his life and seems to gloat about his pessimistic attitude towards life. As the book goes on, there is a pattern that is critical to take note of. In the novel, Holden always says how he “doesn’t feel like it” (when it comes to expressing his feelings), but it is very evident that Holden uses this phrase over and over to be oblivious towards his senstivity. Although Holden tries to hide his emotions, as the book progresses, Holden finds it harder and harder to throw away his emotions making it harder for Holden to control himself. In the novel, Holden focuses on how others feel, but he never self- reflects, or even acknowledges his emotions. For example, in the first sentence of the book, Holden says “... and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” (page 3) Holden says this in regards to talking about his personal life. Just by reading the first sentence of the book, we can already learn that Holden has a pretty poor attitude towards life in general. Moreover, when Holden was talking to his teacher, Mr. Spencer, about him getting kicked out of Pencey Prep, Holden continued to neglect his emotions. Mr. Spencer was telling Holden about how Holden’s parents will be irritated
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