The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger

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Salinger highlights the impacts of depression in this novel. After the World War II, The Catcher in the Rye became so popular because it was the first book that revealed the true feelings of teenager. Holden Caulfield, the main character in the novel, symbolizes a teenager revolting against a society and struggles to transit into an adult world. Moreover, his personality reveals uncertainty, turmoil, and depression and this is conventional to all the teenagers after the time of World War II. Although many people have questioned whether the novel is still maintaining its original appeal to today’s teenagers as the time progress, the novel actually remains relevant to teenagers today because of its depression, criticism and actions and the suspicions on the benefits to an individual. Even today, teenagers are able to relate Holden’s characteristics due to the pressures from the family, friends and community, and some teenagers even reject the values of their society. All these demeanors are demonstrated through Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye.

Depression is one of the most common behaviors in human. Holden Caulfield had already experienced the emotional pain from his younger brother, Allie. Through Holden’s statement, “I broke all the windows in the garage…I slept in the garage the night Allie died.” (Salinger P.39).After the death of Holden’ brother,…

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