Several times, he mentions Elkton Hills and the Whooton School as previous boarding schools he'd attended. He finds children a proven exception to that. The novel recounts Holden's week in New York City during following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a preparatory school in based loosely on Salinger's alma mater. Of course this is a highly speculative assessment and I hope it provokes some debate. It appears that Holden shows signs of significant irritability and possible mood instability, perhaps the beginnings of mania.
Also note that, although Holden is preoccupied with Allie's death, he is much more preoccupied with the prevalence of phonies. He tears it up, and escalates an argument into a fight, which he looses badly. But I am less interested in his pranksterism than I am in his mental state. 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. He gives hints that he may have experienced sexual abuse there, but with Holden it's difficult to tell if this is truly the case.
Now at this point, one would be remiss if they were to fail to mention the year the story take place in. Concerning his family's wealth in comparison to others, Holden states that he feels guilty. Phoebe leads Holden to the realization that Allie is dead, and he has to allow her, and himself, to move on. 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. Expelled in December due to poor academic performance, he was failing 4 subjects with the exception of English in which he excels.
He re-tells what happened to him in New York after he got kicked out of Pencey Prep and secretly spends two nights in New York City. In addition, he's shipped off to boarding schools where the focus is academics--no parental love there. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self. Holden attempts to resist… 1114 Words 5 Pages Where do the ducks go during the Winter when the water is frozen? The name Holden Caulfield was used in an unpublished short story written in 1942 and first appeared in print in 1945. He gave Holden a baseball glove with a bunch of poems in it. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters ; and Seymour : an introduction 1st Back Bay pbk. And while Caulfield gets into two fights in the book, he does not start them.
Yes, this is absolutely true. At least, it would be a frown, if he had eyebrows: Kinney draws his characters like emoticons, with dots for eyes, U-shaped noses, and downturned-bracket mouths. Low and behold, I loved it. In fact: He tells the reader that he is a terrific liar, and while he is, indeed, a liar, he's not so terrific at it. Some people say she's imaginary because we never actually meet her.
And what would that have been like, to have been friends with killers? This novel is set in the early 1950s and Holden is from New… 850 Words 4 Pages In a society filled with impureness, Holden Caulfield searches for purity and innocence in everyone around him. Elkton Hills seems to be farther back in time. In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J. But there are definite hints in the text that Holden isn't just another normal teenager. We want to hear what you think about this article.
Holden Caulfield does not suffer from either affliction. She has an abusive step-father. Only flag comments that clearly need our attention. At least, not on a conscious level. The victim falls ill more often than before and is eventually ejected from the job after an average of 15 months. He is out of shape because he smokes too much.
No adult seems to have been there to help Holden transition between childhood and adulthood. Vincent announces that his brother, Holden, has been declared missing in action. The final insult comes when the student identifies with Holden Caulfield, and memorializes this sense of in the term paper, like a confession during the Cultural Revolution, just missing the dunce cap. Indeed, what we know about Holden is that he basically quit Elkton Hills p. When Holden goes to Pencey, he observes what a clean cut guy Stradlater looks like to the public eye but what a self-obsessed slob he is in private p. Where do the ducks go during the Winter when the water is frozen? Anyone who has read his paramour's book would have to agree.
The youthful exuberance of that moralizing wears a little. As someone already mentioned, he has affection for his sibling, which is not characteristic of borderline personality disorder. It focuses on a fight between two characters named Bobby and Stradlater over Bobby's feelings about Jane Gallagher. It is adolescent law, right up there with rebellion and first-date acne: Never speak the truth, for no words could be more destructive. A true psychotic, like Caulfield, is much more likely to be a pacifist, than a murderer. Even more intriguing to me are his psychotic symptoms.
Furthermore, Caulfield's world-weariness echoes that of Hamlet, the most world-weary of young men though he is 30 years old, not a teen like Caulfield. We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. Holden had an emotional breakdown the night his brother died, breaking all the windows in the garage, resulting in a brief hospital stay to treat his wounds. Still, Holden never makes himself out to be a victim. When analyzing these characteristics of Holden, I can see traits of these disorders throughout the entire book. He has like acquaintances, but no real friends.