The Possible Character Of Holden In The Catcher In The Rye

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In the 1940’s and 50’s mental illnesses and personality disorders were a social weakness. Those with disorders were generally avoided and considered outcasts, because many held the belief that those with mental illnesses were dangerous and unpredictable. Throughout the story, we see Holden as an unstable character. His attitude is quick to change, and his emotions hit highs and lows constantly. He also shows strong signs of mental distress, which may connect to a deeper issue, such as a personality disorder. In the story Holden shows hints of a possible personality disorder through the way he tells his story. The entire narration is a roller coaster. He’s constantly being emotional, overly dramatic, and changing tone unpredictably. An example

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