Topic: Existential Crisis
Thesis statement: Holden deals with his existential crisis by resorting to a constant seek of numbness, which can be easily identified with his tendency to fantasize about death, his rejection towards intimacy and sexuality, and his excessive drinking. I. Introduction
Topic Sentence: Holden the main character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye, after the death of his brother closes himself to the world. a. The dynamics of Holden’s existential crisis.
b. Numbness as a response to social inadequacy.
c. Holden’s personality.
Concluding sentence: Holden takes certain attitudes and acts on them trying to deal with his crisis, resorting to a constant seek of numbness, which can be easily identified with his tendency to fantasize about death, his rejection towards intimacy and sexuality, and his excessive drinking. II. Holden´s death fantasies.
Topic Sentence: Holden social inadequacy results in a lot of confusion, and stress in his life; therefore, he constantly has these fantasies in which he undergoes physical experiences that take him to meet his death. a. The Pneumonia fantasy.
b. The Bullet fantasy.
c. The death wish.
Concluding sentence: It is clear that his depression is so intense that daydreaming about being dead is much easier to Holden than to face his reality. III. Drinking as a cope out.
Topic Sentence: Whenever Holden is feeling really depressed and really sad, he tends to ask people for drinks. a. Inviting people to cocktails
b. Meeting with random people
Concluding Sentence: Holden is just looking to feel nothing and alcohol creates that effect on him. IV. Rejection towards sexuality and intimacy.
Topic sentence: It is clear that Holden is a complete social outcast and inadequate, it is pretty obvious that he would have problem with intimacy and sexuality. a. The visit of the prostitute.
b. The conversation with Carl Luce.
Concluding sentence: Typically Holden would get depressed because he was acting on an impulse that only adults –perverts would have. He just does not want to deal with the situation of growing up.
Topic Sentence: In overall, the novel shows different examples in which readers can clearly identify that Holden has an existential crisis, which he is unable to handle. The inability to cope with the frustration and pain the crisis creates in his life, makes Holden choose the path of becoming numb to everything and everyone. a. Children’s capabilities.
b. Adults responsibilities.
c. Holden’s way of coping.
Concluding sentence: Holden choice of being forever a child was an idea to escape from his problems, which then converted in a serious depression that resulted in an existential crisis to which Holden thought Numbness was its solution.
Rebeca Hernández Guillén
LM- 1472 Rhetoric III
Prof. Adriana Jiménez
3 September 2012
Holden is fleeing the world
Whenever a person is out of the ordinary and is perceived as different or abnormal it is possible that he or she has underwent some traumatic event. Holden the main character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye, after the death of his brother closes himself to the world. Allie, Holden’s brother was his favorite person in the world. Allie was pure, honest, the nicest and the most intelligent member of the family. And since Holden loved that Allie was a child (11 years old when he died), he became fixed with the idea that children were perfect; thereby, hating the idea of becoming an adult. He is completely intolerant to “phony” people; he believes adults are perverts and liars. Therefore, he prefers to relate mainly with kids. As Holden develops his theory of staying forever as a child, he falls into a depression that makes him inadequate for social interaction with adults. As a result, he is force to lose all attachments to people, particularly adults. This depression is the manifestation of his...