Holden’s Cry for Help
Holden’s Cry for Help

Holden’s Cry for Help

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Often in America, citizens are placed into mental institutes due to mental breakdowns, but do you know the real reason behind them? Holden, a main character in the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, goes through many mental breakdowns, but he struggles through many issues throughout his life that lead him to the point of confusion, loneliness. He has a negative and horrible outlook on life, and has trouble dealing with reality. Holden is constantly trying to fill his life with something that he never actually stops to think about what he needs, all he does is think of the worst possible conditions.

He is misbehaved young boy who seems to continuously get kicked out of boarding schools. Holden is constantly thinking about depressive thoughts of his past. Through out the novel Holden is faced with everyday life conflicts and it that cause him to fall apart inside and out. The Internal conflict of Holden not being able to accept his brothers’ death leads to his mental breakdown, this causes Holden to deal with the feeling of guilt, the feeling of frustration, and the loss of concentration.

Holden can’t get over the loss of his brother and no matter where he is or what he does the thought of Allie just keeps coming up. Although there were times that Holden did take Allie places with him, it seemed as if the times that he didn’t are the only times he could think of. It just seems that Holden always lets the

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worst get the best of him. This seems to bother Holden a lot because every time he’s depressed he kind of just looks back at his past to look for things he could have changed. But Holden wishes that he took his brother with him because he knows then he would have more memories with him.

Holden never thinks about the good things he’s done for Allie he only sees the negative. ” What happened was, one day Bobby and I were going over to Lake Sedebego on our bikes. We were going to take our lunches and all, and our BB guns-we were kids and all, and we thought we should shoot something with our BB guns. Anyway, Allie heard us talking about it, and he wanted to go, and I wouldn’t let him. I told him he was a child. So once in a while, now, when I’m depressed, I keep saying to him, “Okay. Go home and get your bike and meet me in front of Bobby’s house. Hurry up. (Salinger 98)

Just because Holden remembers that Allie wanted to go with him that day he just wont let it go. It’s almost as if he wishes he could turn back time just so that he could satisfy Allie. Holden describes the day after his brother’s death, and how he is filled with such anger and loneliness, he punches through all the glass doors in his garage. This required him to go to the hospital, and unfortunately his stay at the hospital forced him to miss his brother’s funeral. “When the weather’s nice, my parents go

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out quite frequently and stick a bunch of flowers on old Allie’s grave.

I went with them a couple of times, but I cut it out. In the first place, I don’t enjoy seeing him in that crazy cemetery. Surrounded by dead guys and tombstones and all. It wasn’t too bad when the sun was out, but twice – twice – we were there when it started to rain. It was awful. It rained on his lousy tombstone, and it rained on the grass on his stomach. It rained all over the place. All the visitors that were visiting the cemetery started running like hell over to their cars. That’s what nearly drove me crazy.

All the visitors could get in their cars and turn on their radios and all and then go someplace nice for dinner – everybody except Allie. I couldn’t stand it. I know it’s only his body and all that’s in the cemetery, and his souls in Heaven and all that crap, but I couldn’t stand it anyway. I just wished he wasn’t there. ” (Salinger 155-156) Although Holden couldn’t actually make it to Allie’s funeral he has high respect for him, and doesn’t like it how so much people act like its not big deal that he is there. He thinks that although Allie isn’t alive anymore he still gets left out.

Holden hated going to the cemetery to see him because it made him depressed and he hated seeing Allie in that position. When its around Christmas time Holden walks through Fifth Avenue NY alone thinking about how much better it was when he brought his little sister with him last year, and how Phoebe kept making him laugh. ” All of the sudden, something very spooky kept happening. Every time I came to the end of the block and stepped off a goddam curb, I had this feeling that I’d never get to the other side of the street.

I thought I’d just go down, down, down, and nobody’d ever see me again… Then I started doing something else. Every time I’d get to the end of the black I made believe I was talking to my brother Allie. I’d say to him, “Allie, don’t let me disappear. Allie, don’t let me disappear. Allie, don’t let me disappear. Please, Allie. ” And then when I reached the other side of the street without disappearing I’d thank him. ” (Salinger 198) When Holden is alone he can barely even concentrate on one thing because he starts thinking of depressing thoughts, causing him to lose focus.

He can’t think about Phoebe without thinking about the loss of his brother, it just makes him sad because the three of them had so many memories together, and now that he’s gone he tries to run away from the truth and make it seem like Allie is still here when he is really not. Holden even takes Phoebe to the zoo and she goes on the carousel and it made him smile because of the good memories he has there with Allie. In this novel, Holden has an extremely difficult time facing reality,

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