Holdens Cry for help Essay

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Holdens Cry for help





The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, 214 pages

Catcher in the Rye is a complicated book about a young man going through, what appears to
be a nervous break down. This is a book about the boy’s negative self-talk, horrible
outlook on life, and a life itself that seems to keep swirling down the toilet. He keeps
trying to fill his life with something, but the reality of it is he doesn’t exactly
now what he needs. It’s complicated to understand at parts, because all he does is
think of things in the worst possible conditions.

Holden is the main character of the book. He is a complicated boy how seems to get thrown
out of boarding schools left and right. He is constantly thinking about depressive
thoughts of his past, like times he was with his brother, who is dead. His thoughts of his
brother bring serious rage for some reason. In one instance he tells about the day after
his brothers death, and Holden was filled with such anger and loneliness, he punched
through all the glass doors in his garage. This required him to go to the hospital, and
unfortunately his stay at the hospital forced him to miss his brothers funeral. He also
keeps thinking about his old girl friend Jane. Holden is reminded of past times with her,
where her father upset her, and Holden was the only one there to console her. So with that
in mind, he thinks he still may have a place with her, and Holden believes that all his
happiness will rest with her. Holden is just a guy who is searching for something to get
him out of his depression, but he has no idea what it is, and above all how to get it.

The one thing that stands in the way of what Holden needs is himself. He continues to cut
himself off from everything he had once loved. His negative self will not let him get
close to anyone else, while trying to get distant from those he once was close with.
Holden never looks to the positive side of anything. He is just stuck in a deep hole and
he can’t find a way out. Whenever Holden believes that he has found something that
could help him, he himself some how shuts the door to his own happiness.

Pond of which Holden keeps referring to is a very important. Holden keeps asking random
people about the pond, and tells them about how they are gone during the winter. The pond
itself is a symbol of Holden; the pond to him is like his own heart. During the summer,
the pond is full of life and a fun place to be. Yet during the lonely and cold winter, the
pond is cold, empty, and nothing looks like it will make through the winter alive. Without
the pond, it is hard to compare what Holden is really feeling, and what things look like
through his eyes. Holden is obviously telling these people what he is feeling, but no one
seems to notice or care.

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