Catcher in The Rye

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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...


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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.

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