Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye

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  • Depression and Sadness in "Catcher In the Rye"
  • Hi my name is Holden Caulfield and i'm a mentally troubled high school drop out that ran away from home. "The Catcher in the Rye" is a book explaining my story of running away from home. The several experiences I go through lead me to end up in a mental health facility. 
  • Scene 1 : Holden feels depressed once sunny leaves.
  • "Boy I felt miserable. I felt so depressed, you can't imagine. What I did, I started talking, sort of out loud, to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very depressed" (Salinger 110)
  • Scene 2:  Talking to an old pencey student that is old now. 
  • "My pencey days were the happiest days of my life ..." (Salinger 186)
  • "Boy did he depress me! All you have to do to depress someone is give them a lot of phony advice" (Salinger 186).
  • Holden Caulfield has a very tragic past since his little brother had died at such an early age. He sees the world in a very dark way and hates anything that he doesnt see as good. His depression and sadness is shown in several ways through out the book, but mainly through his words. 
  • Sunny and maurice leave the room after having beaten up holden for the money for sunny. 
  • Holden is talking to an old Pencey graduate and the advice that he gives holden depresses him a lot since its "phony".
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