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IB IOP HL LANG1 - Personality Disorders of Holden Caulfield & Jay Gatsby

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Nadaa Kenanga

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Transcript of IB IOP HL LANG1 - Personality Disorders of Holden Caulfield & Jay Gatsby

Personality Disorders of Holden Caulfield & Jay Gatsby IB IOP - Nadaa Kenanga Jay Gatsby = Narcissistic Personality Disorder n. a personality disorder characterized by grandiose ideas of self-importance and extreme preoccupation with selfish matters Pursue mainly selfish goals and ideals. Is preoccupied with fantasies of success,
power, and ideal love. Takes advantage of others to achieve goals. Wants a higher status for himself.
Ultimately wants Daisy for himself.
"'Just tell him the truth--that you never loved him-- and it's all wiped out forever.' [...]
'Oh, you want too much!' she cried
to Gatsby. 'I love you now--isn't
that enough?'" (132). Perfect definition of Gatsby.
Wanted success and power even as a child.
Restlessly pursued Daisy.
"'Can't repeat the past?' he cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!'" (Fitzgerald 110). Holden Caulfield = Borderline Personality Disorder n. a personality disorder that is characterized by unstable and turbulent emotions that causes mental and behavioral problems Doesn't take into consideration Nick's opinion of meeting Daisy at his place.
"The modesty of the demand shook me" (78).
Illegal job with Tom's friend.
“And you left him in the lurch, didn’t you? You let him go to jail for a month over in New Jersey. God! You ought to hear Walter on the subject of you” (134). Engaging in impulsive “pain management” behaviors. Smokes and drinks constantly.
"I was sort of out of breath. I was smoking so much, I had hardly any wind" (Salinger 176).
Thinks of escaping his world.
"Here's my idea. How would you like to get the hell out of here? [...] Why not? Why the hell not?" (132).
Provokes violence when fighting with Stradlater. Self harm seen in... Threatening or attempting suicide or
having suicidal thoughts. Having intense relationships with conflict, and seeing the other person as either good or bad. Suicidal thoughts increase as the novel continues and as Holden's mental condition declines.
"I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead" (48).
"What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping put the window" (141). Holden's version of "good" and "bad" is being "innocent" or "phony."
Innocent = Allie, Phoebe, and children in general
"God I love it when a kid's nice and polite when you tighten their skate for them or something. Most kids are. They really are" (119).
Phony = D.B., private school boys, his father, and adults in general

WHY? Rooted in shame. "I was crazy about the Great Gatsby. Old Gatsby. Old sport. That killed me" (Salinger 141). Negative relations with family. "Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves [...] He told me I et like a hog once, and I beat him for it" (Fitzgerald 173). "I mean they're all right if they go around saving innocent guys' lives all the time [...] but you don't do that kind of stuff if you're a lawyer. [...] How would you know you weren't being a phony? The trouble is, you wouldn't" (Salinger 172).
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