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Catcher and the Rye versus Old Man and the Sea Both novels share the theme of a voyage which leads to complicated psychological hostility bringing about emotional upheaval and enlightenment In The Catcher and the Rye there are many moments when Holden Caulfield withstands serious psychological conflicts Throughout the novel Holden is trying to find himself He neglects his duties as a student to prolong his journey to adulthood During this search for identity interesting obstacles approach Holden which in turn lead to his enlightenment Holden often becomes extremely depressed for several different reasons In fact it is only because of his depression that at one point he chooses to have a throw with some prostitute This is shown when Holden says It was against my principles and all but I was feeling so depressed I didnt even think This spontaneous decision later creates great predicaments for Holden to have to face There are other times when he says things without thinking For example when Holden goes on a date with Sally Hayes he tells here he loves her Then he says It was a lie of course but the thing is I meant it when I said it Holden also has a fantasy about running away with Sally but Sally opts not to go with him Afterward Holden realizes he really does not want to run away with Sally He just asked her because the idea sounded good at that moment Sometimes Holden would be so emotionally distraught that he would become delusional He would make believe that he was talking to his deceased younger brother Allie He would say to him Allie dont let me disappear Please Allie This proves that Holden has critical issues which need to be resolved Along with Allie Holden has an older brother named DB and a younger sister named Phoebe Holden is not too close to DB On the other
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