Cinderella Man Quarterly Assessment

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1. The definition for clinical (major) depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health is “severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. An episode can occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often, a person has several episodes,” (Depression). Holden, characterized by his general apathy towards life itself, is definitely clinically depressed. Beginning with the death of his brother Allie, Holden describes his life as a downward spiral. In addition to losing one of the closest people to him, hw has no personal relationship with his parents. They are constantly sending him from one school to another, and eventually to a mental institution all the way in California. These can be seen as ways to keep Holden separated from the family unit. Seeing as how Holden uses his younger siblings as his only tie to his family, this disinterest shown by his parents could definitely be detrimental to his mental health. This lack of concern leads to Holden’s destructive behavior. Cycling destructive behavior with depression would be classified as bipolar disorder, which is a more rare form of depression. He is also constantly putting himself down. He often comments that he is the “dumb” one in the family. He uses this as an excuse to not apply himself in academics. His academic failure could also be a way to gain attention from his uninvolved parents. Holden also refers to suicide throughout the novel. In the medical field, suicide threats are considered serious when the patient expresses a clearly thought out plan. Holden mentions suicide as a passing thought, which is less severe but still troubling. Holden also feels better when he is isolated from society. He fantasizes abo... ... middle of paper ... ...e proper treatment, Holden will be able to recover. 7. The Catcher in the Rye has been a very controversial book since its release. Whereas in more intolerant communities, the language and situation like the ones displayed in The Catcher in the Rye may be very offensive. However, society has progressed to a time period where the average child is exposed to much more than the content in this novel. Teenagers of this era are as knowledgeable about these subjects as an adult is. High school readers, usually those in the eleventh grade, can be taught the purposes of including this content in the novel in a mature way. Because of these reasons, it can be assumed that high school readers of this time are not threatened by the content in The Catcher in the Rye. It should not be banned due to both its literary finesse and its ability to not be menacing to current readers.

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