Holden's Depression In Catcher In The Rye

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Holden lives a very mixed up life. Holden is depressed because he learns that he is a failure after leaving Penecy since he flunked every subject except for English. Sally Hayes depresses Holden as well because he doesn’t understand why she wouldn’t want to run away with him. He says to Sally out of no where, "Look...here's my idea, how would you like to get the hell out of here"" (132; ch. 17). This describes how he fails with girls: he either scares them or he is too immature in the way he talks to them. It makes him depressed that Sally would not want to go with him because he thinks there is nothing more to do in life so why not just get away from it. Holden is depressed due to disappointment because he feels that he cant do anything right. One of the many examples of this is when he…show more content…
9). This shows that he does not have many real friends because nobody wants to talk to him, even on the phone. Holden's gloomy youth all started with the death of his brother, Allie. There are many examples where the reader can tell that he misses Allie and where he refers back to him. "Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Please Allie." (198; ch. 25). This quote shows that he still wishes and/or thinks that Allie was still with him. Many may think that this is the start to the road of Holden's depression. As shown, Holden is depressed in many ways: he fails in life, he is lonesome, and he still is affected by his brother's death. Holden is a failure because he cannot pass any classes in school, except English, and he cannot do anything right. He is lonely because he simply hates mostly everyone and, therefore, does not have any friends. Holden is depressed by his brother's death because that was his best friend. Holden's depression started with the loss of his best friend/brother and continued on with failure and loneliness throughout the rest of his
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