James W. Castle was a boy who Holden had lent his sweater to, Castle died unfortunately by being thrown out of a window wearing Holden’s sweater. Another thing that haunts Holden is the fact that during roll call in class, his last name always is called after Castles’ last name. After the brief moment of reminiscing, Holden irritates Phoebe by saying, “I like Allie…”. He has trouble acknowledging the death of his brother. Holden cannot accept the loss of innocence as a step into the growing up process.
Although depression could be connected to his actions, with his specific circumstances in mind, it does not add up. Holden is merely just suffering from losing his brother, and good friend Allie. While Allie’s death was almost four years ago for Holden, the spiral of destructive events he has created is just catching up to him now. It is mention in the book that shortly after Allie’s death, he had an outburst. The book says, “I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because broke all the windows in the garage.
Teenagers around the world are affected by depression each and every day. “Twenty percent of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood” (Borchard 1). In the book, The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger makes it clear that Holden is affected by teenage depression by expressing his emotions through physical actions. An example of one of the many physical actions that was shown by Holden was when he broke all the windows in the garage the night Allie passed away. “I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the wi... ... middle of paper ... ...life.
Holden was never the same after his brother’s death. At the time Holden was only thirteen and now is sixteen and he is still suffering from the loss of his brother Allie. Holden’s parents can not even help him because they are suffering from Allie’s death. The only way his parents deal with him is to ship him off to school because he’s too much for them. Holden says this “[he] broke all the windows in the garage… [He] even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon”.
“I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it,” (39), it is apparent that he hasn’t coped with Allie’s death or with the fact that the death made his mind grow up faster than his body. Allie caused Holden’s breakdown in the long run and is the cause of many themes in the book. In conclusion, the novel the Catcher in the Rye has many different themes in including phoniness, psychological alienation and the protection of the innocent. Holden Caulfield develops these themes throughout the novel. The novel successfully portrays each theme in a variety of ways, and teaches many good life lessons to the readers.
The anxiety that the Caulfield family must have felt during that time is unimaginable, and obviously would have had profound effects on a young Holden. On top of this, his brother Allie, whom Holden felt very close to, died of leukemia during his childhood when Holden was also quite young. By smashing windows instead of internalizing or talking about the pain of losing his brother, Holden displays behavior that is prone to violence. Throughout the novel it is revealed that violence reminds Holden of his deceased brother. Just when you think Holden has had enough to deal with as a young boy, Holden nonchalantly discusses an acquaintance of his that committed suicide because of bullying at one of Holden’s previous schools.
The series of so-called copy cat school shootings started on February 2nd, 1996 in Moses Lake, Washington at Frontier Junior High when Barry Loukatis age 14 opened fire on his algebra class in room 15. Home and family conditions of this child were bizarre and would later be used as mitigating circumstances. Barry’s early childhood was described as “happy” by his mother Jody. But life changed for Berry around age 11 when he moved from Iowa to Moses Lake and his parents separated. The documentary depicted Barry as mentally disturbed and fixated on the idea that his father was having an affair.