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The Catcher In The Rye Theme Analysis

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In a study done by Doctor Robert Needlman, he displays how it is normal for teenagers to not want to share their feelings with others. He states that this only becomes a problems when the teenager has no one to share their feelings with the teenager has no one to share their feelings with at all. Then novel Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger elaborates on this idea with its main character. Holden is a teenager who has been dealing with the death of his brother and deep depression. After getting kicked out of school for the 4th time, we follow his lonely journey through New York City. This novel displays many themes throughout regarding teen depression and loneliness. JD Salinger shows how ...view middle of the document...

Later that night, Holden ends up getting a prostitute called up to his room, initially with the intent to have sex with her, but then Holden admits “[he] just did [not] want to do it” (96). This time, Holden literally pays somebody to talk to, and she still will not listen to him. Holden is extremely desperate for some company, because no one will listen to him. Holden clearly wants to talk to somebody who is not from his life, in order to avoid his own life’s problems. He wants to talk to someone who doesn’t know him; he wants a natural conversation with somebody, but once again, no on will listen to him.
JD Salinger also focuses on another side of this loneliness aspect of teenage life; when teenagers close their own personality off from the people around them. Depressed teenagers often feel the need to alienate themselves from those around them if they have been emotionally traumatized at some point in their young life. When talking to a mother of one of Holden's classmates on the train to New York City, Holden says that his name is "Rudolf Schmidt" which is the "name of the janitor in [his] dorm". Holden doesn't have much of a reason to lie in this situation. He just does so because he really doesn't want to have someone else find out about how he was kicked out of the school. This is Holden's way of taking emotion out of the equation. By lying about himself, he does not have to acknowledge his history and what just...

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