Theme Of Depression In The Catcher In The Rye

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One of the most common and detrimental psychiatric condition is depression. The state of depression has substantial e ffects on a person’s thoughts, behaviour and feelings. Depression entails an emotional stigma which has overbearing feelings of despair and dejection. SigmundFreud encloses the similarities between the roots of depression with the grief experienced bythose who lost a loved one. (Comer, 2005). The author, J.D Salinger, highlights the destructiveimpacts of depression in his book, The Catcher in the Rye about the depression experienced bythe protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Holden Caulfield has endured the emotional pain of hisyounger brother, Allie
’s death. Holden’s teacher
Mr. Antolini, sets him up to understand hismisguided ways as he points out Holden’s down fall. He tries to instill the notion that Holdenmust ignore the corrupt society in order to fully experience enriching and symbiotic relationshipsin life.
Mr. Antolini attempts to evolve Holden to prevent his “great fall” as he states
,
“the mark of an immature man is he wants do die nobly for a cause, and whereas the mark of a mature man is he wants to live humbly for one.”
Holden understands his unrealistic approach to life, howeverbecomes clinically depressed in the process. In The Catcher in the Rye ,
Holden encounters asignificant fall into his depressive state due to his detachment from society, unconventionalbehaviour and internal psychological turmoil.
A prominent cause of Holden
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