"Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

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Modern world is a hazardous jungle for a little monkey. Salinger in his work ‘Catcher in the Rye’ tells us the story of the young Holden who lost himself in the society, in the world of himself and others. It is the story of the millions of teenagers who feels alone, depressed and lost in their lives.

Loneliness is a kind of bullet that may slay a young person. In the story, Holden feels lonely very often and struggles to escape from it. For example, he tries to talk to Jane or Sally, and Luce, but his struggle to survive always fails. It is a truth in the real world. In most western cultures, today there are lots of suicides of teenagers as they feel alone in the world, and thinks no one likes them.

Depression is the worst bacteria of the modern era. In his work, Salinger depicts Holden’s depression –sometimes in a humorous way- but never denies it is fatal.

For example, whenever Holden thinks of his baseball gloves, his brother Allie and sometimes little Phoebe; he loose himself in the maze of depression and feels terrible and fails to concentrate and think reasonably. Today, it is a kind of demotivating virus, especially for teenagers on school age. Such periods in a person’s life may occur and in my opinion, teachers and parents should pay enough attention to the depressed young individuals and enable them to skip the period with minimum damage.

‘Holden periods’ of all individuals are doors to the lost sanctuary of the Earthly-Hell. Holden is a lost teenager, in the middle of the decision of being a mature or staying as a child. For example, he wants a girl to have sex in the hotel even he knows he cannot. He...