The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

602 Words Feb 19th, 2018 2 Pages
J. D. Salinger explores the thoughts of an adolescent in his book, The Catcher in the Rye, showing Holden Caulfield’s perspective of the world. Holden Caulfield shows symptoms of mental illness because he is constantly depressed by everything, beyond what a normal adolescent should be feeling. Holden shows signs of depression because he is, shockingly, depressed. He cannot look at a situation without seeing wrong in it. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states that symptoms of depression can be, “Feelings of guilt and self blame for things that are one’s own fault … Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness” (AAC&AP, Depression). This can be applied because most of Holden’s depression stems from guilt and hopeless situations he pictures everyone in. Taking a small detail and turning it into a big deal is a sign of issues. Holden takes compliments as insults, such as when he is leaving Mr. Spencer’s house, “After I shut the door and started back to the living room, he yelled something at me, but I couldn't exactly hear him. I'm pretty sure he yelled ‘Good luck!’ at me. I hope not. I hope to hell not. I'd never yell ‘Good luck!’ at anybody. It sounds terrible, when you think about it” (Salinger, 15). Taking a saying that is supposed to encourage people, and warping its meaning until it is a bad thing shows mental instability. No…
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