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Psychoanalysis of Holden Caulfield

Honors English 4A
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Sarcastic The Psychoanalysis of Holden Caulfield What is Psychoanalysis? Psychoanalysis is
a procedure for investigating unconscious mental processes and for treating
personality disorder. Anti-Social Impulsive Personality Quotation: "I have to catch [the little
kids] if they start to go over the cliff. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye
and all. That's the only thing I'd really like to be." (173) Reaction:
He doesn't want to be a lawyer like his dad because he will not know if he is defending his
client to actually help, or for money
His dream of being the catcher in the rye conveys his wish to protect youngsters from the
adult world.
Refers to childhood struggles
Death of Allie and James Castle.
He must grow up before his time.
Holden concludes that the adult world is full of phonies, bullies, and criminals.
Wants to help others hold their innocence and youthfulness When did this happen?
When Holden comes to see Phoebe and she asks him what he wants to be in life. Holden's
gets his personality from certain situations that he faces Quote: "Just because somebody's
dead you don't stop liking them, for God's sake-especially if they were about a thousand times
nicer than the people that're alive" (171) What does this mean? Holden cannot connect with
people no matter what age.
He cannot change that aspect of himself
He can't find the common ground that interests him like the rest of society. Quotation: " I
don't even know why I started all that stuff with her. I mean about going away somewhere, or
Massachusetts and Vermont and all [...] She wouldn't have been anybody to go with. The
terrible part, though, is that I meant it when I asked her" (134). What does this mean? Holden
is faced with the possibility that he will not be successful.
Holden becomes desperate and asks Sally to run away with him.
Holden does not enjoy Sally's company and he thinks shes a bore
Sally has to remind him that neither of them are old enough to become independent
Shows that Holden speaks without thinking of consequences. Quotation: "I was still sort of
crying. I was so damn mad and nervous and all. 'You're a dirty moron,' I said. 'You're a stupid
chiseling moron, and in about two years you'll be one of those scraggy guys that come up to
you on the street and ask for a dime for coffee" (103). What does this mean? This happens
when Maurice cheats Holden.
He starts to become emotional and begins to cry when Maurice threatens him
Holden insults him without thinking about his consequences
This causes Maurice to punch him in the stomach. Quotation: " 'You're not going. Now, shut

Holden does not want Phoebe to become like him He forbids Phoebe to follow him. regardless of whether he is paying attention. Holden feels "much more depressed than sexy" (95). Holden seems to become desperate for their attention. She started to cry" (206). Holden shows interest in three girls who claim to be from Seattle. Sensitive Quotation: " I thought of her going in a store and buying it. Quotation: "I put my red hunting hat on.up! Gimme that bag' I said. Quotation: "All the visitors could get in their cars and turn on their radios and all and then go someplace nice for dinner. What does this mean? Holden feels that his brother still has a presence within their lives. Just to stop lying. What does this mean? Holden admits that he is an exhibitionist. her older sibling. I couldn't help it. I thought I was going to smack her for a second." (96) What does this mean? Shows Holden's sensitive side. or someone who acts in order to gain attention from others He performs for Stradlater while he is shaving. comes all the way to New York--from Seattle.. she wont be able to learn. No kidding. ya morons!" I'll bet I woke up every bastard on the whole floor" (52) What does this mean? Holden decides to leave Pencey without telling anyone He purposely disrupts the atmosphere by shouting a farewell message while the others are resting. I was almost all set to hit her. all of a sudden.] I know it's only his body and all that's in the cemetery. What does this mean? When Holden takes Phoebe‟s christmas dough. I took the bag off her. Hours" (58) What does this mean? Holden meets Ernest Morrow's mother on the train ride away from Pency and gains her sympathy Holden takes advantage of her kindness in order to receive attention He admits that in order to hold someone's attention. I'd‟ve bought the whole three of them a hundred drinks if only they hadn‟t told me that.” (75). He disregards the feeling of those around him in order to gain attention from his peers. and she came over and tried to make me stop" (179). rather than a place where it could not be found Quotation: "Then. and then I yelled at the top of my goddamn voice. regardless of whether or not they . What does this mean? When Holden decides to leave his family for a fresh start Holden knows if Phoebe comes. and ends up crying as a result. he cries because he takes her money and deprives her from her privileges. Holden doesn't truly believe Allie is gone because his body rests in a cemetery. Sunny's situation depresses him. I started to cry. some girl in an awful-looking hat. He feels guilty for taking her money. for instance. it makes me so depressed I can‟t stand it. What does this mean? At a bar. All I need's an audience. but I couldn't stand it anyway" (156). protected from the nefarious adult world. When Sunny sits on his lap. but I did it. I really did. I did it so nobody could hear me.everybody except Allie [. and almost hits her by mistake out of impulse. He longs for childhood innocence. 'Sleep tight. for God‟s sake--and ends up getting up early in the morning to see the goddam first show at Radio City Music Hall. Once I get started. It made me feel sad as hell. Quotation: "Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket. and seem to be lonely and desperate for a handsome guy to pick them up. the way I liked it. and his soul's in Heaven and all that crap. It scared the hell out of old Phoebe when I started doing it. but instead frightens her. Attention Seeking Quotation: " Old Stradlater watched me in the mirror while he was shaving. Washington. and nobody in the store knowing she was a prostitute and all. He is embarrassed and is humbled by his sister‟s generosity and care towards him. I can go on for hours if I feel like it. and turned the peak around to the back. I'm an exhibitionist" (29). The salesman probably thought she was just a regular girl. he is willing to lie about himself Quotation: “If somebody.. meant for her happiness.

He will not accept that he is just as fault with life as the rest of the "phony world" Denial Quotations: “ „You don‟t like anything that‟s happening. just for "the heck of it". as do her manners which seem quite stuck up to him. in. Holden does not know what to say Phoebe claims that he does not like anything . Hollywood is terrible.. Sure I do. You can‟t even think of one thing. boy.‟ „I like Allie. He automatically holds an animosity to all movies.reciprocate any interest. It is obviously not a big deal.. Quotation: "I was the goddam manager of the fencing team. so we'd know where to get off. Reactions Blames other people Quotation: "It wasn't all my fault. He also spins a tremendous lie to Mrs.. sitting here with you. And I like doing what what I‟m doing right now. A queen for Chrissake.‟ „Yes I do." (3). Don't even mention them to me" (2). He smokes. He whines about how he is the only one who had to be responsible for directing his team to the game. Quotation: " There was a very Joe Yale-looking guy." (59). Very big deal. She said I was wild and that I had no direction in life.Hayes on the phone. such as leaving school early. He does not want to associate with Mrs. Quotation: "What a lady. Quotation: "I wasn't crazy about talking to old Mrs. My father wants me to go to Yale. never stopping to account for his faults.. I wouldn't go to one of those Ivy League colleges if I was dying" (85). Holden does not agree with the fact that his brother went to Hollywood to write stories. debating whether to call Sally Hayes What does Holden's reaction show to the situation? Reaction: Holden openly states that he "was flunking four subjects and not applying [himself] and all" He still acts with incredulity when Mrs." (72) Holden hates the girl he's dancing with. You don‟t like a million things. He develops antipathy for those men. What does Holden's reaction show to the situation? Reaction: Holden blames things on others. which shows his wild nature. it's the movies. There isn't a very big hype for the the fencing matches. Holden remarks that all Yale students look the same. You don‟t like any schools. Morrow. States that he would never go to an Ivy College All of this is based on his dislike of their clothing. His use of the word "goddam" emphasizes the foolishness. Behavior Judgemental Quotation: " If there's one thing I hate. but his position as manager of the fencing team endows him with that responsibility He does not want to admit he is at fault. 171) "All i could think about.was this one boy at Elkton Hills named James Castle. Hayes says he has no direction in life (4). without watching them He assumes just because he thinks his brother is better than those types of movies. He acts as if she was the of those flitty looking Tattersall vests. Don‟t say that.but I swear. He was dead" (170) This happens when Allie tries to tell Holden that he does not like anything Reaction: When Phoebe asks Holden to name one thing that he likes. Hayes because she stated the truth about his faults. yes I do. I had to keep getting up to look at this map. This happens after Holden arrives in NYC. and her lack of interest in him is the exact opposite of being a virtuous queen Her quick and continuous remark of his use of language annoys him. Holden has been making rash decisions." (3) This happens after Holden loses his Fencing team's equipment. All those Ivy League bastards look alike. Holden mocks the fencing team.” (169.‟ „Name one thing [that he likes]. in those "flitty" (gay) looking sweaters.

Cause: Holden is forced to grow up quickly and loses his innocence after Allie‟s and James' death when he learns the harsh realities of life. he assumes the world is flawed. Holden thinks of James Castle. another dead person whom he likes and since all the people he could think of that he likes are dead. and tries to keep them from growing up. but won‟t admit he thinks that.Holden refuses to admit the fact that he is a lonely person. Cause:The death of Allie and James Castle What this says about Holden: He is depressed since everyone he likes is dead and without any closure. What this says about Holden: He is forced to give up his youth at a young age. . It is how he deals with it. He answers by saying his brother Allie. but won‟t admit he thinks that. so he shields those younger than him from what he views as the corrupt adult life. Phoebe points out that Allie is dead and that it doesn't count.without any closure. He also condemns the thought that people alive are good as well. and assumes the world is flawed. this proves that he's not pleased with people alive Protection from Adulthood Anti-Social Cause: The death of Allie because darkens his view of the rest of the world *Holden is blamed for either neglecting his responsibility or for his inappropriate behavior What this shows about Holden: He is defensive and depressed . Cause: Holden views the adult world as corrupt after Allie‟s death and does not share any common ground with others. one cannot just stop liking them "especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive" (171). and being with Phoebe make him happy. He retorts by saying that just because somebody is dead. and proves his denial.

and does everything halfheartedly. What this shows about Holden:Holden is cynical. Holden has faced great trauma early in his life. He highlights the faults in others and becomes cynical and pessimistic. He uses violence against others and sometimes insults them unintentionally. I‟ll bet I jumped about a thousand feet” (192). and he starts to believe that adults are disguised criminals. causing him to regret his actions later. Cause: Holden refuses to have sex with the prostitute and still pays her. This type of communication is new to him. Cause: When Allie dies. and he feels guilty when he takes Phoebe‟s Christmas money that was meant to be used to buy her presents. he was sitting on the floor right next to the couch. What this shows about Holden: He often acts or says things without thinking. He continuously flunks schools as a way to gain attention. Boy. This has a great effect upon Holden. Cause: Holden is impulsive and is easily controlled by strong emotions. He does not care about what he takes part in. sarcastic.What it says about Holden: Holden does not fit into society and he distrusts and dislikes others. Quotation:“What he was doing was. Antolini exhibits an affection for Holden. It is responsible for his unique behavior and attitude in the novel. stealing away his youth. then everything and everyone else in the same group must be the same. Cause: Allie‟s and James‟death causes Holden to grow up quickly. Therefore. and he tries to get attention from others to cope with his loneliness. with the death of his brother Allie. and tries to escape. Reaction: Holden has not given any indications that he received parental affection as a child. He can‟t bring himself to have sex. Pranav Bachu Abhishek Dutta Sehwheat Manna Bianca Tang Nikki Sendner ... What this shows about Holden: He jumps to conclusions easily and is judgemental. What it says about him: Holden has not fully accepted Allie‟s death yet. but they send him to other boarding schools instead. Holden flunks school to gain attention from his parents. and he was sort of petting me or patting me on the goddam head. showing his innocence. Cause: The death of Allie and James Castle give Holden a darker and satirical perspective of the world. but his parents just haul him off to another school. when Mr. Holden is freaked. in the dark and all. He assumes that if one person or one item is bad. What this shows about Holden: Holden is sensitive and doesn‟t want to take advantage of anyone or do them harm. which makes him cautious. Lets talk about Holden's reactions to some very important situations that he has to face.