Depression: Thoughts of Suicide
Another major sign of depression that Holden experiences is "thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts" (NIMH). Salinger writes,"I do that sometimes when I get very depressed" (page 98). Right here it says that Holden is depressed! Later on Holden gets into a plight with a guy named Old Maurice and lays in his bed Holden expresses that, "what I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window" (Salinger 104). Holden begins to think suicide is the only way out because of how horribly wrong his life has been going in his eyes. Later on while Holden sees the nuns collecting money for the church Holden starts thinking about a kid, names James Castle, who went to Elkton Hills with Holden. Its strange he started thinking of his because he committed suicide at his school while Holden was in the shower. Holden can relate to James because he feels stuck in his life too. He also can feel a connection with James because when he died he was wearing Holden's sweater.
In 1951 J.D. Salinger published The Catcher in the Rye, a book about a 16 year old who experiences depression. The reason to believe Holden suffers from depression are because he exhibits signs of hopelessness and stops caring. Holden also expresses thoughts of suicide perratically throughout the book.
Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. N.p.: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.
"Depression." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.