Or perhaps Greta Garbo-without the deep voice? These relationships are not limited to just people, however, and include the fuzzy companions we call pets as well. Diagnosing Holden Caulfield is relatively easy to do since he exhibits so many obvious symptoms of psychological disorders. Perhaps by extension it's the children who most easily understand Holden because they experience life at its the simplest. In the 11th grade, what I wanted was a window that opened out. I don't even know the words to the song, but you can bet I'll spend the next 80 years in hell making every line fit my situation. But there are also sparkling gems amid the verbal slag heaps, like little hits of true poetry in a gangsta rap: ''I ride down empty roads of frosted silver, trees overhead swish cool hints of warm panties in bedclothes,'' he writes, happily, of a nighttime bike ride.
He exhibits this by compulsively lying to various characters such as the lady on the bus chapter 8 , his old history teacher, Mr. Life, leave him not too long in that lonely bathroom, his thin limbs bound in toilet paper. Since the book's publication, Holden has become an icon for teenage and , and now stands among the most important characters of 20th-century American literature. Did you know that Holden Caulfield is now in middle school? Low and behold, I loved it. It is adolescent law, right up there with rebellion and first-date acne: Never speak the truth, for no words could be more destructive.
Also, the meeting with Carl Luce is considerably briefer in the story than in the novel. Phoebe leads Holden to the realization that Allie is dead, and he has to allow her, and himself, to move on. Of course we know that Salinger's book is very popular indeed. Holden Caulfield, the 17-year-old narrator and protagonist of the novel, speaks to the reader directly from a mental hospital or sanitarium in southern California. Or, observing an old man in a bus terminal: ''The skin of his face hangs down in pockets, like he has lead implants. Holden has had a difficult life in comparison to several people — and he has not even reached adulthood. For this crowd, the Diary is Dirty Realism—no dragons, no dying Dumbledores, just the bully in the hallway, the substitute teacher, and a strange bit of playground voodoo called the Cheese Touch.
Want to add some juice to your work? During that time, Holden perhaps watched as his family grieved and became more focused on the illness and Allie. He pays Sunny even though he doesn't have sex with her, and ends up getting cheated out of five more dollars and socked in the stomach, although technically this, too, was for different reasons. Now, this isn't exactly Algebra or Ancient Egyptian History, but there's a real emotional intelligence here. Sometimes their orientation toward life is so drastically changed that they become very ineffective people, losing their careers. James' body was lying in blood, wearing Holden's sweater. During this time he rarely slept, did a lot of drinking and engaged in potentially self-destructive behavior.
Maybe Salinger just liked the sound of the word? Are there any who cannot say that those poor, murderous, self-loathing children might at one point have been their friends? No adult seems to have been there to help Holden transition between childhood and adulthood. All he wants to do is connect with someone— anyone—but the boy has high standards. And guess who name-checks David Copperfield as the very beginning of his own story? Axis 2 refers to any personality disorder that may stem from Axis 1. I believe Salinger is painting Caulfield as a person prone to making mistakes. Holden wants to tell what happened over a two-day period the previous December, beginning on the Saturday afternoon of the traditional season-ending football game between his school, Pencey Prep, and Saxon Hall. Imagine that the bullies would only get expelled like poor performers, instead of going to jail like killers p. As for Camus, I agree that there are parallels in the works and in their themes.
In the novel A Catcher in the Rye, J. Sometimes when this happens, he calls on his dead brother, , for help. This same friend told Holden to keep his voice down, suggesting pressured speech, and recommended Holden see a psychoanalyst to deal with the patterns of his mind. I think he also fits group D arguably even better than he fits group C as he has difficulty falling asleep and repeatedly finds it hard to concentrate, gets irritable, and is vigilant of phonies. The main personality disorder that I can observe that Holden has is Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. This sort of response only angered the intelligentsia more.
Here, he articulates his sense that digressions enable discovery in a way that linear stories do not. This is also why Holden idolizes his little sister, Phoebe, because she shares any characteristics with Allie, including his red hair. One last thought: could Holden be gay? At the end of Catcher, Holden's almost attitude seems somewhat reassuring and even amusing, but many readers are left with a lingering. Further, Allie died of cancer, which I assume his family was aware of before he died, which means his death was neither violent nor a surprise. He doesn't seem to notice that he gets taken advantage of over and over and over again. Holden Caulfield will always be known for decrying phoniness, but perhaps he should also be remembered for his myriad acts of kindness throughout the book, filling the donation box of two nuns, balancing a see-saw so a kid won't fall off, generously tipping a woman at the coat-check, giving his turtleneck sweater to a boy who later commits suicide, and buying his kid sister, Phoebe, a record, though it slips from his hand and breaks. Although this does not just tackle about health alone but what causes him to be acting like such and eventually got used to his vices.
Indeed, it may be impossible to find a single page where he is not drinking or attempting to drink alcohol, smoking, spending money or swearing, behavior characteristic of someone in the thralls of mania. Throughout the story Holden struggles both internally and externally with thoughts or actions that involve the concept of growing up. Getting back to the first question a bit, does Holden have a form of? Spencer, Thurmer's daughter, girls in general, Ernie; p. In much the same way that noir novelists like James Ellroy seem steeped in the rhythms and textures of jazz, there is a jagged, punk-rock sensibility to Pierre's prose, absolutely his own. Compulsions are constant necessary behaviors.
Holden understands people: how they think, how they act, and why they do what they do. But they strike me as being psychopaths, not psychotics. Maybe Holden has good reason to respect boundaries. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Holden's second problem, he says, is that when he's fooling around with a girl and she suggests they stop, he actually … stops.
This strategy allows him to feel superior to others and look down on them, making himself feel better. Well, they didn't get him psychoanalyzed then, did they? Standards so high that only a precocious fourth-grader can live up to them. She writes books, the main character being Hazle Weatherfield. I just quit, sort of. You had to feel sort of sorry for her, in a way. He then leaves Pencey in the middle of the night, but not before waking up his entire floor to say goodbye. Contemporary it surely is, though the form is ancient: dark, satirical prose, suffused with the language of youth culture, a first novel through and through, though one with a taste for vengeance.