The Catcher in the Rye

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Holden is fleeing the world
Topic: Existential Crisis
Thesis statement: Holden deals with his existential crisis by resorting to a constant seek of numbness, which can be easily identified with his tendency to fantasize about death, his rejection towards intimacy and sexuality, and his excessive drinking. I. Introduction
Topic Sentence: Holden the main character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye, after the death of his brother closes himself to the world. a. The dynamics of Holden’s existential crisis. b. Numbness as a response to social inadequacy. c. Holden’s personality.
Concluding sentence: Holden takes certain attitudes and acts on them trying to deal with his crisis, resorting to a constant seek of numbness, which can
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Hence, he creates mechanisms of defense to barely be able to function in society. Each one of these mechanisms is a constant manifestation of his desire to feel nothing opposed to feeling doubt and frustration because of his dilemma. Al throughout the novel, Holden takes certain attitudes and acts on them trying to deal with his crisis, resorting to a constant seek of numbness, which can be easily identified with his tendency to fantasize about death, his rejection towards intimacy and sexuality, and his excessive drinking. Holden social inadequacy results in a lot of confusion, and stress in his life; therefore, he constantly has these fantasies in which he undergoes physical experiences that take him to meet his death. At some point Holden is so confused that he even identifies with James Castle who commits suicide in the story. James was also an outcast who instead of fight his reality, thought it was better to escape it. “So Stabile, with about six other bastards, went down to James Castle’s room […] and tried to make him take back what he said, but he wouldn’t do it. So they started in on him. I won´t tell you what they did to him [...] Finally what he did, instead of taking back what he said, he jumped out the window” (170). In several passages of the novel, we are able to identify Holden’s dead wishes. When Holden arrived at Central Park, and began to walk in the surroundings, he all of a sudden imagined that he is going

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