Theme Of Isolation In Catcher In The Rye

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If you’ve ever been lonely, isolated, or alienated you know it’s not the best feeling in the world. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger refers to the isolation of one individual, seventeen year old Holden Caulfield, from the rest of the world through tensions between the desire to observe, judge, and alienate with the need to meet, converse, and connect. Holden isolates himself personally, by alienating himself, socially, by judging the few people who are his “friends”, and mentally, by observing others actions as a way to stop being depressed, throughout the text. No matter what form it comes in, or how it comes about, isolation is a personal choice and can be broken if the individual so chooses. By alienating himself, and distancing…show more content…
“It was Robert Ackley…six four- with lousy teeth…. He damn near made you sick if you saw him… he had a lot of pimples… all over his whole face…. He had a terrible personality. He was also sort of a nasty guy. I wasn’t too crazy about him… (Salinger 19).” When Holden was at Pencey he didn’t associate with many people, again showing him being isolated, but Ackley was one of the few he did talk to. If he were to say he had a best friend at Pencey it would be Ackley. Even with that being the case, Holden judges Ackley, making reasons why he doesn’t like him, so he doesn’t feel obligated to spend time with him. Even when someone reaches out to him and wants to talk to him, especially someone like Ackley who doesn’t have friends, Holden still tries to get away from him and isolate himself. Throughout the text Holden continually isolates himself personally, mentally, and socially. He does this by alienating, judging, and observing others and himself. If he would stop over thinking everything and just bring himself to be around others he could end his isolation easily, but instead he chooses to further pull himself away, and alienate himself. Holden admits he’s depressed at some points, which is not a good feeling, and it’s caused by his

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