Catcher In The Rye Essay

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The Catcher in the Rye Response “I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wish I was dead.” (Salinger 48) Loneliness and depression is exhibited by Holden, the main character in the book, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. In the Poem “Hanging Fire”, Audre Lorde, the author, focuses on a young person who also suffers from being lonely and depressed and feels many of the same emotions Holden does. There is a common theme between this poem and this book: the loneliness, depression, and neglect teenagers face leads them to feel like “outliers” of society. Holden is going through a tough time after the loss of his brother. Life hasn’t been easy for Holden; he has had to deal with his bad grades, the stress of getting kicked out of schools, and the neglect by his parents. He has nobody to talk to, nobody to console him. In the poem, a fourteen year old faces many critical issues, although in comparison to Holden’s they seem trivial. But, for the fourteen year old they are monumental resulting in insecurity, depression, and sadness much the same as that for Holden. The phrase “and momma’s in the bedroom with the door closed.” (Audre, 10-11, 22-23, 34-35) was constantly repeated in the poem reinforcing neglect. Both writers’ are trying to express the grief kids have when they don’t get any attention. When they suffer from a lack of attention it leads to loneliness and depression. In addition to feeling lonely and depressed, they feel like a complete outsider, they feel different; they feel like they are a “wrong” person. “Nobody even stops to think of my side of it.” “Why do I have to be the one with braces” (Audre, 24-30). In today’s day and age many adolescents are suffering from being different or feeling “wrong”. “Mommy, daddy, I just want to let you know I’m gay.” Some parents who have gay kids try and prevent them from being gay hoping to
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