Examples Of Grieving In Catcher In The Rye

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Catcher in the Rye Essay Throughout the story of the book The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield went through different stages of grieving. They were anger and bargaining, depression and loneliness, and an upward turn. Certain events took place during the book that showed what stage he was going through as the reader progressed in the book. He started in shock and denial and one scene was very evident of that. First off, one scene showed Holden going through anger and bargaining. This was evident when Holden tells of when he went around punching the windows and walls because of the death of Allie, his younger brother. He showed that he was very upset because all his rage was let out in a violent manner, which broke his hands. This…show more content…
It was very obvious that Holden was feeling lonely throughout the book and even with all the people around him, he just felt like nothing was worth living because the one thing he loved was gone. It hurt so badly that Holden considered the possibility of suicide, but even that made him even more depressed. As stated in the book “What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would’ve done it, too, if I’d been sure somebody’d cover me up as soon as I landed” (Salinger 104). He doesn’t really attach himself to anything since Allie’s death. It also shows his loneliness when he talks about how he wants to stay away from everyone. This is stated in the text as “I’d go down to the Holland Tunnel and bum ride, and than I’d bum another one, and another one, and another one, and in a few days I’d be somewhere out West….Everybody’d think I was just a poor deaf-mute bastard and they’d leave me alone” (Salinger 198-9). He doesn’t like people and rather be alone than with people. He also tries hanging with people that are only his associates, but then he realizes how phony they are and dislikes them so he pushes them away. Despite all this Holden’s future had some
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