The Catcher in the Rye and Depression
The classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, was published in the 1940's and instantly became a hit. The Catcher in the Rye is a masterpiece within itself. Portraying the impact that depression has in Holden's life, Salinger reveals the causes of depression and how it affects his life.
Depression is a big factor in The Catcher in the Rye. It is a disorder that causes one to have lack of interest in usual hobbies, have a loss of appetite, and in most cases having many sad feelings associated with the mind altering thought of worthlessness. One who is depressed usually has a negative attitude towards everything. Salinger shows depression in his novel through the main character Holden Caulfield. Holden is a fine example for depression. He lost a brother at a young age and has been thrown out of a variety of schools on numerous accounts. He feels as though he has no purpose in life, causing his lack of interest in just about everything he did on a regular basis.
Chapter one of The Catcher in the Rye already shows signs of depression in the main character, Holden Caulfield. "You'll probably want to know where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like getting into it, if you want to know the truth" (01). Holden instantly portrays his negative attitude, and
directly shows the reader that numerous things depress him. "It was even depressing out in the str…