"I felt so depressed, you can't imagine" (Salinger 98). This was said by Holden Caulfield. Holden is a depressed kid who shows and explains many kinds of depression that he has. The theme of this essay is on depression. J.D Salinger's novel "The Catcher In The Rye" and T.S Eliot's poem"The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock" both have characters that exhibit signs of depression and loneliness.
J.D Salinger uses the motive of isolation and depression in the novel because of the various facts of Holden's mental decline for various reasons. Holden is depressed in many ways. He fails in school and is a very lonesome kid still affected by his brother's death. "I was only thirteen and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage" (Salinger 38-39). Here we see that some of Holden's instability may come from his trajic event, the death of his brother. "Allie don't let me disappear, Alli don't let me disappear please Allie" (Salinger 198). When Holden was running across the street, he felt that he was going to fall down across the street forever in Manhattan, and started talking to Allie. "I told him I was only kidding, and then I went over and laid down on Ely's bed. Boy, did I feel rotten. I felt so damn lonesome" (Salinger 48). After the fight with Stradlater, Holden goes to Ackley's room . Even though he has judged Ackley to be pimply and disgusting, he still reaches out when he feels lonely. Much of the tension in Holden's character arises from the conflict between his hating the world and also wanting to be connected with the rest of the world.
T.S Eliot's poem "The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock" centers on an insecure, bald middle aged man named Alfred Prufrock who is the narrator. He is lonely, and his inadequacy will make a fool of himself. His anxieties and obsessions have isolated him. Prufrock sees only the negative side of his life and the lives of others. "Like a patient etherized upon a table"...
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