I think Holden Caufield is one of the few sane characters in The Catcher in the Rye.
List reasons why you think Holden is sane, or normal compared to the average teenager. I think holden is sane because he is like most other teens. They deal with emotions, mood swings, relationships with others, etc
List some other characters and show how they are stranger than Holden. Mr. Antolini- holden awoke to him patting/petting his head, then asking holden not to leave afterward. P.192-193
Examine Holden’s interaction with society, including family, friends, teachers, etc.
Phoebe- Holdens little sister, he loves her most of the family, and she is one of the reasons that stops him from thinking about suicide, he thinks if he died she would feel pain and he doesn’t want her to be in pain DB- Holdens brother, lives in Hollywood, nice car, writer, holden thinks he is consumed by the Hollywood genre ???- holdens little brother, holden mourns for him, died of leukemia Stradlater- holdens roommate at pency prep, they get in many fights, asshole Sunny- prostitute, holden ask for one because he is depressed, then wusses out and asks her to leave Dick Slage- Holdens 1st roommate, holden thought he had awful suitcases, so holden judged dick by this
Compare Holden to Freud and then use at least two of Freud’s theories of personality to describe or compare and contrast Holden’s views. Holden and freud were both hermits, they both dropped out of society. Freud thinks happiness is the meaning of life, even though he questions what happiness really is. Like holden he questions many things he says. Holden and freud have opposite views on sex, (What are their opposite views?) freud thinks it is every young boys dream to murder their fathers and get married with their mothers. Holden is insecure with it. The parents do not play a large part in this book.
What are the “root causes” of his desire to withdraw from society? (Holden wants to be a catcher in the rye, He wants to save children from falling from a cliff . Children meaning innocence and falling down to society and losing their innocence) Elaborate Holden wants happiness. One view on his happiness is to move away to Vermont in a cottage with Jane. He wants to live alone with her with no one else around. (withdrawing from society)
Dealing with emotions- On pg. 44-45 holden gets into a brawl with his roommate stradlater. He deals with this by leaving pency prep three days earlier to get away from stradlater. (fight happened because stradlater went on a date with holdens dream girl and stradlater didn’t fill in holden with the details)
Mood Swings- Holden has mood swings very often. Like on page 96 holden hires a prostitute, but when she arrives he doesn’t feel like having her around in his hotel room.
Fitting in- I believe holden wants to withdraw form society on the account that he had a rough childhood and never fit in. now that he thinks he cant fit in he wants to never fit in. he now wants to have nothing to do with anyone else besides jane.
Shows routine behaviors- Holden has some behaviors that he repeats throughout the entire book. Nearly everyone in the novel annoy or bug holden, there is always something wrong with them he takes a disliking to. On pg 8 Holdens teacher mr spencer starts picking his nose, holden is absolutely disgusted. Holden have very many routine sayings. He says “PHONY” to describe most people in the novel. Holden is an obsessive liar, he lies about many things about himself. He will lie about simple questions like whats your name, how old are you, where are you from.
Holden is a very unhappy character. Why is he unhappy? His unhappiness is exhibited through intoxication, mood swings, violence, lying, criticisms of others, (Quoting Freud Holden wants to remove himself form society to avoid suffering, it is his solution for his unhappiness) Unhappiness...
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