Holden Vs. Depression Dylan Moyer

Introduction

In the book Catcher In The Rye the main character Holden gets kicked out of school and runs around New York spending his money without wanting to go home. Holden is going through a bunch of bad times like his brother dying, getting kicked out of school, and wandering around New York city with no where to go. Throughout the book Holden is faced with Depression which is a disorder that is a real plight because it sets the feelings to severe despondency and dejection, and could even lead to death. . In 1951 J. D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye the main character Holden is faced with two symptoms of depression such as Suicidal thoughts and irritability.

Suicidal Thoughts

Holden exhibits Suicidal thoughts throughout the book from the overload of depression he feels. There are many different times and ways Holden feels suicidal throughout the book from feeling depressed. "Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts" is a quote that shows that Suicide is a symptom of depression. “What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide” (Salinger 104) is a quote that shows Holden actually saying he wanted to commit suicide after he was depressed about Sunny and Maurice took five bucks from him. From this you can obviously tell that Holden is suffering the plight of suicidal thoughts from depression because he came right out and said he wants to kill him self. That is how Holden faced the symptom of feeling suicidal from depression, but he also Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities.

Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

Through out the book Holden losses a lot of interest or pleasure with a lot of activities that a teenager his age would love. From the depression, Holden no longer does the activities that he likes. "Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities" this shows how loss of interest in activities or hobbies is a symptom of depression. "“ I remember around three o’clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill, right next to this crazy cannon that was in the Revolutionary war and all” (Salinger 2) this quote is when Holden was sitting on top of the hill really depressed, so he lost interest in going to the big football game for the school. Everyone at Pency were all jumping around having fun at the big football game, but instead Holden was sedentary up on the depressing hill watching it alone. That is how the symptom Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities from effected him from depression.

Conclusion

From depression Holden faced the two symptoms Suicidal thoughts and Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities in J. D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye, which was published in 1951. From depression, Holden faced the two symptoms Sucidal thoughts andLoss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities. Holden came out and admitted that he wanted to commit suicide after Sunny and Maurice stole five bucks out of his wallet because he was so depressed. Holden was so Depressed that he lost interest in going to the big football game at Pency that everyone was going to, so he sat up on a depressing hill all alone. That is how Holden faced the two symptoms suicidal thoughts and Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities from depression.

Work cited

"Signa and Symptoms." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Web. 08 Feb. 2017.

Salinger, J. D., E. Michael Mitchell, and Lotte Jacobi. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.

“What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide” (Salinger 104)

“ I remember around three o’clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill, right next to this crazy cannon that was in the Revolutionary war and all” (Salinger 2)

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