Catcher in The Rye

Length: 2 Pages 620 Words

Many people in the world today suffer from mental illnesses. In the novel, The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is a teenager who just got kicked out of his private prep school. Throughout the novel, Holden demonstrates many qualities of a person suffering from some kind of mental illness. Many times throughout the novel, Holden deliberately lies to people. He considers himself a “terrific liar”. One example of when Holden exhibits qualities of a mentally ill person is when he lies to Mrs. Morrow. “Then I started reading the time table I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I get started, I can go on for hours if I feel like it. Ho kidding. Hours.” (Page 58) The only statement that he makes to her that contains any truth is that he is a student at Pencey; otherwise, all of his statements are deliberately misleading. Another example of how Holden is mentally ill is how he has ext Continue...


Many times Holden calls him self "crazy, and on one occasion, Carl even told Holden that he should get a psychoanalysis. He feels that the reason he reached the corner without disappearing is because Allie saved him. She really did... The funny part is I felt like marrying her the minute I saw her. The first comment he says about her is, "She looked terrific. Numerous times throughout the book he will cry and drink and walk alone. Can'tcha stick a little rum in it or something (Page 70) It's the middle of the night, he's in a club alone, he's underage, and all he wants is a drink. "I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. One example of this is when he was on a date with Sally Hayes. reme mood changes and can never make up his mind. Then it would start all over again as soon as I got to the next corner. One minute he's as happy as can be, and the next he's crying, or screaming. A final example of how Holden is mentally ill is how he can't distinguish fantasy from reality.