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The Catcher In The Rye By J. D. Salinger

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Adolescents have to face challenges because they are still developing, yet at times are treated as fully developed human beings. J. D. Salinger explores the thoughts of an adolescent in his book, The Catcher in the Rye, showing Holden Caulfield’s perspective of the world. Holden Caulfield shows symptoms of mental illness because he is constantly depressed by everything, beyond what a normal adolescent should be feeling.
Holden shows signs of depression because he is, shockingly, depressed. He cannot look at a situation without seeing wrong in it. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states that symptoms of depression can be, “Feelings of guilt and self blame for things ...view middle of the document...

As Holden is leaving the movie theatre, which depressed him as well, he thinks, “Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will” (Salinger, 141). This could be considered just a crazy thought, but Holden seems to gravitate back to ideas involving self harm. People can have wild thoughts, but too many is a bad thing.
Some people may argue that Holden is perfectly normal. After all, adolescents are going through major changes in the structure of their brains. Fenstein writes that, “MRI scans performed by Dr. Jay Giedd (Giedd, Blumenthal, Jeffries, Rajapakse, et al., 1999) of the National Institute of Mental Health have revealed that rather than leaving childhood with a brain ready to take on the responsibilities of young adulthood, teens have to contend with a brain that is destroying old neural connections and building new ones.” (Fenstein, 2). This does hold as a solid truth, but Holden is an exception. Holden is clearly mentally ill, and...

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