In J. D. Salinger’s ‘the Catcher in the Rye’, (July 16, 1951) the dominating theme throughout the book is the protection of innocence. The main character is Holden Caulfield. Holden is a 16 year old boy who is plight, does stupid things such as drinking and smoking, but mainly is scared of going into the adult world, and this is show all throughout the book whether in events or his ideas. Throughout the book, Holden explains how he hates everybody, and that they’re all “Phonys”. Holden is a kid that drinks, smokes, and does things that he shouldn’t really do but does them anyway. Through the book Holden shows symptoms to certain illnesses that he could or may be suffering from, such as depression, and Bipolar Disorder.
Throughout the book, Holden Caulfield shows varies symptoms of depression. There's parts in the book where he isolates himself from the world, and wants to get away, and there's also parts where he thinks of suicide but never goes through with it. Holden shows many signs of depression throughout the story, and is confused about many things such as sex, suicide, and just other general things. One quote that shows Holden isolating himself is this one from the football game. "Anyway, it was the Saturday of the football game. […] I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill. […] You could see the whole field from there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place. […] You could hear them all yelling." Another quote that shows Holden's depression is the one he says after he gets beaten up. "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. I didn't want a bunch of stupid rubbernecks looking at me when I was all gory." So as shown we can see that from just these two quotes that Holden could be or is depressed.