Summary Of ' Weeping Shades Of Cozened Indigo ' By J. D. Salinger

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Spencer Marshall

Mrs. Bannister

LAIII Period 6

25 February 2015

Weeping Shades of Cozened Indigo

Schizophrenia is present within 1.1% of people worldwide, regardless of economic, ethnic, or racial background. Schizophrenia is a debilitating mental illness that is a culmination of many symptoms related to mental illnesses, there is no cure. Holden is seen as an outsider but not entirely a pariah, but he appears to be off in his behavior. In the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger,Holden appears to have symptoms of schizophrenia such as delusions, lack of pleasure or interest in life, and disorganized speech.

Ideas can be creative, they can be revolutionary, and sometimes they can be delusions leading someone over a metaphorical cliff. A possible explanation for Holden’s delusion is schizophrenia, being that they are a symptom of the disorder. But for a symptom to attribute to a disorder, it has to be prevalent enough. Holden clinging to his vision of being “the catcher in the rye” seems irrelevant at first, but when that’s all he’d want “to do all day” (Salinger 173) one might question just how deep the roots of his vision go. Holden was obsessed with a song that was actually a poem he mistook the wording of. Then he took that idea and personified it in his own imagination as a literal interpretation. Finally, he pursued the manifestation and strove to be a modern day catcher in the rye-a protector of innocence. As appointed catcher in the rye by…
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