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  • Insanity and Mental Health 
  • I'm Holden Caulfield "The Cather in The Rye" is my story the good stuff at least. You know minus all the David Copperfield crap, the important stuff.  I lost my brother to leukemia and flunked out of 3 schools already. You learn about everything that went wrong with my insanity after my brothers death.
  • The Bar
  • "When I was really drunk, I started that stupid business with the bullet in my guts again" (Salinger 166).
  • "If you're supposed to sock somebody in the jaw, and you sort of feel like doing it, you should do it. I'm just no good at it though. I'd rather push a guy out the window or chop his head off with an ax than sock him in the jaw." (Salinger 100).
  • The theme of mental health and insanity is seen throughout the novel many times. The idea that it was normal for Holden to have these unhealthy thoughts is where the theme fits in. 
  • In this scene Holden gets really drunk and pretends he was shot. Holden is at the bar even though he is only 16 or 17 and decided to get drunk, when he gets drunk he acts like he has been and doesn't want people to know.  
  • During this scene he is thinking about how he would not prefer hitting someone in the face rather he would prefer to kill them.
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