Teen Depression in Catcher in the Rye

4 April 2015
An examination of teen depression resulting in alcoholism as illustrated by the character of Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.

This paper provides a thorough explanation of the concept of teen depression as well as describes symptoms which could lead to alcoholism. Using the character of Caulfield, the writer looks at the process this youth went to in order to reach the lows of chronic depression and alcoholism. Various scenes in the novel are analyzed to provide a link between the character and this condition.
Depression is a serious problem facing many in our society, but especially poignant when dealt with by youths. Depression often leads to other serious disorders such as alcoholism. J.D Salinger in his coming of age novel The Catcher in the Rye accurately portrays the mental chasm many teens fall into as a result of depression. The depression and subsequent alcoholism his protagonist Holden Caulfield experiences are unfortunately not just a work of fiction for many teenagers.
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