Cinderella Man Quarterly Assessment Essay

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1. The definition for clinical (major) depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health is “severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. An episode can occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often, a person has several episodes,” (Depression). Holden, characterized by his general apathy towards life itself, is definitely clinically depressed. Beginning with the death of his brother Allie, Holden describes his life as a downward spiral. In addition to losing one of the closest people to him, hw has no personal relationship with his parents. They are constantly sending him from one school to another, and eventually to a ...view middle of the document...

He does not exhibit a proper sleeping or eating schedule, which can only increase the severity of his depression. He is bothered by most aspects of life, and only finds pleasure in very few things.
2. Holden appears as a very unique individual within The Catcher in the Rye. He does not care for conformity and rather enhances his distinctive qualities. It is not important for teenagers to fit in with the people around them, but rather find a group of friends with similar interests that will compliment you. Parenting websites overall state that children will tend to participate in dangerous behaviors when attempting to fit in (Fitting In). However, Holden acts recklessly on his own accord. He does not smoke and drink to impress others, but rather to enforce the idea that he is an adult in his own mind. Holden was unable to “fit in” into his 1950’s society. He neither found a group of peers to “fit in” into, nor did he attempt to act similarly to any people around him.
3. Holden has very selective conversations throughout the novel. He usually contacts a peer that he feels he can communicate with. Because he only has long conversations with people he already feels comfortable with, I feel like Holden does not hold back with what he talks about. For example, when Holden meets his acquaintance “Old Luce”, he spends most of the conversation trying to get Luce to talk about his sexual exploits. By talking about all topics, even though considered taboo, Holden is able to get a release of emotional tension through communicating.
4. Teenage lives are codependent on the pop culture. This is shown throughout history and even in modern times. For example, when The Twilight Saga came out in theatres, the general demographic was infatuated with the idea of an immortal significant other. Likewise, when The Perks of being a Wallflower was produced, teenagers throughout the nation felt as though they were finally understood. Popular films have always played a significant role in teenagers. However, Holden is the outlier when it comes to this trend. Holden is quoted as saying the following. "If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me,” (Salinger, pg. 2). This shows his pure disdain for films in general. The obviously had a negative influence on him. Whereas movies often inspire and encourage other teenagers, Holden is more affected by his hatred of them.
5. Holden’s favorite way of...

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