Depression in Catcher in the Rye

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The book “the Catcher in the Rye” is a book written by the author J.D. Salinger. It is about a teenager named Holden Caulfield. Holden gets kicked out of his college school which is Pencey a week before Christmas break begins. During this week Holden spends this time in New York City. He meets up with some old friends of his from other schools and from the bars. Also in the book he talks about his brother Allie, who had died from leukemia when he was younger. The main character Holden Caulfield is a very depressing person. This brings me to my point that the theme or topic of this book is only depression, and this is what my essay is about depression in “the Catcher in the Rye”. It is about depression because the some of the people in the book that Holden Caulfield knows are depressing or negative. Another point is that the environment or setting that the story takes place in is also depressing. Also my third point is that the main character, Holden Caulfield, is the most depressing person in the whole entire book. My first point to prove that the main theme in “the Catcher in the Rye” is depression is that some of the people in the book that Holden Caulfield knows or meets are depressing or negative. One reason to prove that some of the people in this book are depressing or negative is one of the people Holden Caulfield knows is Robert Ackley but Holden only calls him Ackley. Ackley is someone that Holden knows from his Pencey and his room was right next to Holden’s room in the school. He is a depressing or negative person because in the book he never goes anywhere and in the book he is anti-social. Also he swears a lot. In chapter 3 on page 24 Ackley was saying something negative to Holden Caulfield about Holden’s roommate Stradlater saying

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“I still say he’s a sonuvabitch. He’s a conceited sonuvabitch.” Another reason to prove that some of the people in this book are depressing or negative is one other person Holden Caulfield knows is Luce. Luce is...
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