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Thesis Holden Caufield is a hostile negatively charged character that suffers from depression which stems from a desire not to grow up and a lack of closure in his brothers deathIf you really want to hear about it the first thing youll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like pg 1 These first words that Holden Caufield communicates during his tell of events that brought him to his breakdown show the pent up hostility that still lingers This pattern of speech the constant expression of negativity is a character trait of Holden that shows his inner anguish Holden also feels a continual need for affirmation of what he just said with phrases such as He really wouldpg 25 or It really isnt Pg 89 This continual need for approval shows a lowered level of self-assurance This lowered self-assurance probably stems from his self-awareness that he is an unreliable source The reason he is unreliable is due to his deceitful narrative of occurrences This is seen repeatedly as Holden builds an individual up as good or righteous such as Stradlater pg 25 then tears him down later pg 43 This inability to give truthful accounts of individuals could stem from his constant digression from the point at hand Holden freely admits to this trait on page 183 when he says The trouble with me is I like it when somebody digresses Its more interesting and allCertain things they should stay the way they are You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alonepg 122 This phrase Holden made while discussing how things were different each time he went to the museum stems from an inability to accept that he must grow up The thought of growing up has driven Holden into bouts of depression as inhis discussion on page 133 Itd be
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