The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

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Depression can come at many different times in your life and in many different ways. Dictionary.com defines clinical depression as: A depression so severe as to be considered abnormal, either because of no obvious environmental causes, or because the reaction to unfortunate life circumstances is more intense or prolonged than would generally be expected (Random House). Throughout the novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” the reader is inside the head of the troubled and depressed main character and narrator, Holden Caulfield. We, as the readers are able to see every thought that Holden has throughout the novel. Many of Holden’s thoughts scream depression. Holden is an ideal example of how someone with clinical depression would behave, how he …show more content…
This can be detrimental to a child; Holden has constantly been on his own for the majority of his childhood, without any parental love or embraces. Someone who is suffering from depression would constantly look down in the dumps. This person would not care about the possible outcomes of any given situation. These people could, in extreme cases, have thoughts of suicide. Holden Caulfield is the same exact way. In the end of chapter 14, Holden has thoughts of suicide. Holden had just been taken advantage of by a prostitute and her pimp. Holden mentions that he would not mind jumping out of the window at the hotel (Salinger 104). His only dilemma to jumping to his death was that he didn’t want people to see him all gory on the sidewalk. You see several instances in the novel where Holden does not care about the outcomes that he could face in his life. Holden did not care about how constantly flunking out of his schools would affect him. He just wanted some sort of attention, attention that he did not regularly get. Holden was constantly stating that he just felt depressed, whether he was thinking about the nuns he encounters in chapter 15 and how they would never get to go to a “swanky restaurant for lunch like Sally Hayes’ mom (Salinger 114, He actually feels sad for the nuns in the beginning of chapter 16), or the occasion in chapter 7 after his fight with Stradlater, when he goes into Ackley’s room to stay; Holden turns to the
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