Holden Caulfield– The Catcher in the Rye
J. Donald Walters when wrote, “Self-acceptance originates from satisfying life’s obstacles strongly. Do not numb yourself to your trials and problems, nor build mental walls to leave out discomfort from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your issues, but by challenging them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, however in victory.” J. Donald Walters was right. You need to stand up and face your hardships, not pack them away to handle later on, if you ever wish to discover peace. This is something Holden Caulfield discovered through experience.
Holden Caulfield is a best example of a person in denial. Holden appears to believe that whatever that happens to him is because of another person’s actions and that none of his mishaps have actually occurred due to his own bad judgment. He is rejecting that he often makes awful choices. Quickly enough, he gets over that, however does not overcome the truth that he has ongoing issues that he needs to be familiar with and start to resolve. Holden conceals his emotions and problems similar to he stores his belongings in luggage. Once he is done packing his travel suitcases, he puts them out of sight or locks them up.
It’s as if Holden doesn’t wish to let individuals be familiar with the real Holden due to the fact that he does not want to appear attached to others since he hesitates that when he’s the closest he can be to someone, he will screw it up and end up hurt. Holden is not the only one that feels in this manner but that does not imply he can’t try to be himself and let others get to know one of the most of him. Maybe if he began getting closer to people he would recognize that the world is not perfect and that there will be times when you get harmed or something happens that you can’t fix, like losing someone close to you.
Buddies are what make it possible to survive life. Holden may not admit that he has any, but at the end of the book he thinks of all individuals that he told us about and states, “About all I know is, I sort of miss out on everybody I told about. Even old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance” (214 ). Holden wouldn’t have actually missed them if they had not suggested something to him. Although Holden has some buddies, maybe not buddies, he always seems to pin all the stuff that occurred to him on them.
For instance, when he is at Ernie’s just having a beverage; Lillian Simmons comes up to him and begins talking away. He lies to her and says he has to go and then he believes to himself, “Individuals are constantly messing up things for you” (87 ). He seems to be rejecting the fact that he was the one who said he needed to go, although he could have stayed and socialized with Lillian for a while however chose to ruin the night for himself. It resembles Holden is unable to link himself to others and he’s unable to see that problems others have are similar to the problems he handles.
Holden can’t overcome this lady named Jane Gallagher, however never seems to even attempt to advance in a relationship with her. He appears to be scared to end up being connected to her in the off possibility that she wouldn’t feel the very same method about him and completely demolish him. Holden does not seem to get near to anyone. In some circumstances he uses fake names so that they won’t understand who he is. An example is when he is on the train with Ms. Morrow in chapter eight and he uses the name Rudolf Schmidt. He does this again with the ladies from Seattle in chapter 10 however this time utilizes the name Jim Steele.
Throughout the book he speaks about how he wants to have a relationship and all that’s not just physical however when he utilizes fake names when he’s with others it’s like he opposes everything he desires and just takes him further away from his objective. To avoid getting connected he keeps himself locked away much like clothing in a luggage. Suitcases are one of the primary signs connected to denial. What they genuinely represent is Holden’s “Psychological luggage” or anyone’s psychological baggage. They appear to store all of Holden’s past problems and all the important things that he wishes to put away from him.
When he secures his luggage at Grand Central Station in a lock box, it gives us a concept that he doesn’t want to handle them which he wishes to have the ability to handle upcoming trouble with out having all the past issues holding him back. Once Holden goes to Antolini’s house and has a discussion about Holden and the kind of fall he is headed for, He returns to Grand Central Station to get his travel suitcases. I believe this is the start of where he sees he has a problem and stops denying the past by beginning to fix his problems.
Holden resembles any other person, trapped in a web of denial. He can’t comprehend the truth that he has buddies for the soul factor of in fact getting near to somebody. Because if he gets near somebody, Holden thinks that it will be yanked out from under him. So he shuts himself away, like clothing in a luggage, left in a lockbox at a train station. Or Holden uses names like Jim Steele to avoid people understanding his true identity. Holden denies all of this and rejects that he is a hypocrite. If Holden would just understand that he has an issue he might get past it and end his cycle of denial.