The Catcher within the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, was required studying for my tenth grade English class. I remembered it as a narrative in regards to the struggles of adolescence, the craving for independence, and the reluctance to let go of youth. My son is now about the identical age as I used to be after I learn the guide and we live by his personal nudge for independence, which sparked my curiosity to provide the story one other learn. Earlier than I started, I puzzled what my tackle the guide can be at this level in life having survived adolescence and acquired coaching and expertise in youngster growth along with having a teen in the home. This studying accentuated the unresolved grief, household dysfunction, psychological sickness, and lack of social connectedness of the principle character, Holden Caulfield, and the way these difficulties exacerbate the problems skilled throughout the typical maturational course of. Because the nation nonetheless debates gun management legal guidelines within the aftermath of Sandy Hook, and as we attempt to get well from the Boston Marathon bombing, The Catcher within the Rye reminds us in regards to the significance of creating significant and real connections with our kids and the necessity to tackle their psychological well being points.
The Catcher within the Rye begins as a flashback story about Holden Caulfield’s experiences main as much as his nervous breakdown previous to Christmas. Holden narrates the story whereas receiving inpatient psychological remedy on the west coast. The occasions start at Pencey Prep in Pennsylvania, the place Holden has been expelled attributable to poor educational efficiency, and conclude in New York Metropolis as Holden makes an attempt to return dwelling. Throughout the course of his journey, Holden makes an attempt to make connections with quite a lot of individuals nevertheless, he fails miserably attributable to his social ineptitude, lack of applicable remedy for what might presumably be bipolar dysfunction, and lack of ability to imagine that different persons are able to being real. Holden finally makes it dwelling and connects along with his youthful sister. By that point he has decompensated to the purpose that, though he’s now not experiencing suicidal ideations, he feels disconnected, misunderstood, and alone. Holden decides that he’s going to go away, to flee from society and the rejection, the loneliness, and the ache that he feels. Nevertheless, Holden makes one final journey to see his sister Phoebe earlier than he disappears. Phoebe’s caring, anger, and innocence present Holden with the connection he’s on the lookout for; she is each a peer and dependent to him. Via Phoebe, Holden is ready to cling to his childhood and postpone making the leap to younger maturity and independence.
One theme that I used to be extra attuned to throughout this studying was the unstated dysfunction of the Caulfield household. Holden steadily compares himself to his youthful, deceased brother, whom he describes as sensible and athletic, in addition to his older brother, who has turn out to be a profitable creator. It’s instructed that Holden is a difficult youngster, and considerably of a disappointment to his mother and father as he has been unable to stay as much as their expectations. He has been expelled from not less than 4 preparatory faculties attributable to poor educational efficiency, he has problem socially connecting with others, and he has frequent temper swings. It’s potential that Holden’s mother and father had been drained from watching their youngest son battle with leukemia which left them with little power to successfully cope with Holden’s grief and potential incapacity. In Holden’s eyes, they seem to have emotionally and bodily divested themselves from him. He has little to no emotional household assist and what seems to be little or no communication with them. Holden is left adrift to navigate this tumultuous time in his life with out assist, understanding, and remedy. His efforts to succeed in out and talk, together with failing out of colleges and stepping into fights, usually are not understood as cries for assist however are seen as private shortcomings.
Holden perceives most individuals as being phony, superficial, and hypercritical. This will likely partially be attributable to his social awkwardness, lack of maturity, and feeling of being deserted by his mother and father. He’s constantly let down by everybody that he reaches out to for assist as they both do not stay as much as what Holden has constructed up in his thoughts, or they attempt to benefit from him. Subsequently, Holden involves imagine that everybody is phony who would not or is incapable of assembly his preconceived expectations. As well as, Holden clearly experiences moments of mania throughout the story, which are sometimes adopted by emotions of unhappiness to the purpose the place he does specific some suicidal ideas. It appears that evidently the shortage of communication along with his mother and father, the unresolved grief and guilt over the loss of life of his brother, and the shortcoming to successfully and appropriately join with others lead to Holden being unable to work together with others on something however a superficial stage. The exception to that is Phoebe. Her reluctance to let her brother go away supplies Holden with the power to go dwelling and ask for assist. Nevertheless, ultimately, Holden continues to endure from a scarcity of affection and emotions of loneliness. He states, “Do not ever inform anyone something. If you happen to do, you begin lacking all people.” At this level, Holden continues to seek out it tough to have real, significant relationships believing that while you divulge heart’s contents to those who they are going to flip away from you as a way to maintain the connection on a superficial stage. Holden continues to be stricken by this emotional void and, whereas there’s a starvation for social connectedness, he’ll proceed to expertise vacancy and rejection attributable to his quirkiness.
For me, studying The Catcher within the Rye in highschool highlighted the battle for independence and Holden’s battle on hypocrisy. On this studying, I used to be in a position to acquire a greater understanding of the tragedy that happens because of Holden’s mother and father being unable to supply him the emotional assist that he wants to beat his brother’s loss of life and cope with his psychological well being wants. Holden’s repeated failure to socially join and develop a significant relationship with anybody apart from his sister and the shortage of remedy for his psychological well being points made me consider the current tragedies in Colorado, Sandy Hook, and Boston. It strengthened the necessity to take psychological well being wants and companies severely; simply because these situations are unseen does not imply that they are not debilitating. Feeling cared for and linked to others reduces the stress, stigma, and isolation which can be related to these situations. It made me ponder whether these tragedies may have been averted if the individuals concerned had acquired applicable remedy and remedy. They could have felt linked and accepted, and these tragedies might have been averted. The message of being accepted and cared for from The Catcher within the Rye continues to be related to younger individuals at the moment as all of us try for acceptance.