Mole Project

Topics: Sadness, Emotion, Depression Pages: 4 (904 words) Published: March 27, 2014
Sadness and Depression
Lauren Shipman
Block 4
English 11 H
Sunday, March 9, 14

Sadness in Catcher in the Rye
Catcher in the Rye is a book of many themes of many
different types of different things Sadness is one of
them. The main character of the book is Holden
Caulfield, he has major problems, he finds nearly
everything depressing. Today we’d say that Holden
Clinically is depressed. He has no reason to be so
sad all the time. He’s alone and he knows it, he also
hates everyone and judges them. The conclusion is
that isolation and alienation from others is the source
of his depression. The hard part comes in where the
fact that escaping this isolation is a struggle that can
often be quite sad. For example, Holden wants to
become connected with people, but in order to do so
it would means he has to make an emotional
connection that will probably end up making him
depressed. This is where he picks feeling sad about
leaving a place than feeling sad about the fact that he
doesn't get to feel connected enough to be sad.

Sunday, March 9, 14

Check out all those things that make holden depressed. Do they have anything in common?

It seems as if just about everything bothers him and he doesn’t like many things. Also, he doesn't say many positive things, and if he does, it’s closely followed by a negative. We know that Allie’s death was hugely significant for Holden. Most of the things Holden is depressed about is different types of people they all have in common his judment for these different types of people. For example Bros, “He was one of those guys that

think they’re being a pansy if they don’t break around forty of your fingers when they shake hands with you. God, I hate that stuff.” Another example is women, “I mean most girls are so dumb and all. After you neck them for a while, you can really watch them losing their brains. You take a girl when she really gets passionate, she just hasn’t any brains.” Then...
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