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Grief Holden Caulfield

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Jamaica Murray

on 15 May 2014

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Transcript of Grief Holden Caulfield

The Five Stages of Grief
Anger is the 2nd stage of grief. The Catcher in the Rye has many examples of anger. Anger someone feels can cause a chain reaction and one person can take out their anger on someone else if they have no outlet to vent.

After Allie's death Holden can't deal with his anger and the loss of his brother, so he destroys all the windows in his garage; leaving him with a serious injury. With that injury he is no longer able to attend his brother's funeral, where he misses the opportunity to cope with the loss.
Bargaining is the 3rd stage. Making a deal with a higher power to bring back someone you love or begging a loved one to come back.

Holden's way of bargaining is begging Allie not to let him fall. At this point in the story Holden is very close to losing his mind and falling off the edge.
Depression is the 4th stage. Depression is a serious condition when a person feels unimportant, hopeless, or very sad.

Holden feels depressed throughout the whole story. He claims that everything depresses him. Being around people that are sick or weak makes him feel depressed. Also, being around people that have less than he does make him feel depressed.
Acceptance is the last stage of grief. Acceptance of grief is when you have come to terms with whatever you are grieving.

In The Catcher in the Rye Holden comes to accept the fact that all children need to learn how to do things for themselves and "grab for the golden ring."
Denial and Isolation
Denial and Isolation are the first stages of grief. Denial and isolation are both shown in the The Catcher and the Rye.

Holden is isolated at the beginning of the story watching the biggest football game of the year from a hill overlooking the stadium. Holden shows denial when he does not visit his brother's grave.
Grief is deep sadness, usually caused by the death of a loved one.
Grief can be broken up into five stages:

This book can be helpful to teenagers going down the same path as Holden. This book could open their eyes to the fact that they can't always fend for themselves when dealing with grief. Especially today, drugs and alcohol are extremely easy to get a hold of and this book could show the negative side effects of using them to avoid problems.

This is why The Catcher in the Rye should be kept in the curriculum. The Catcher in the Rye shows what a lot of people go through in life. We can understand that Holden is not the best role model. There are many people who think this is a good reason not to keep this story in public schools. Dirty language is used frequently throughout the story and there are very uncomfortable sexual situations.
Censoring and banning a book with such a serious issue in it will not make the issue disappear. It is always better to be open about such issues, teach about them, and fully analyze them to assure that the people who are struggling don't feel alone. This book can motivate people to seek help.
However, these things do happen to teenagers. Since being a teenager is stressful enough as we experience changes both mental and physical, losing someone close could complicate things even more. Many times, when this happens to a teen, they feel trapped or hopeless. They are too ashamed to reach out for help. Since it is common to want to be treated like an adult, they want to prove that they can deal with their problems alone. This often becomes too stressful for the teen and they turn to drugs, alcohol, and sex to numb themselves.
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