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Rejection is the key to self-destruction Rejection of an individual could possibly cause the mental deterioration nervous breakdown of that individual due to the repudiation of society Ostracization is not always induced by the physical appearance of a person but is sometimes caused by a character flaw In both JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye and EL Doctorows Ragtime the main characters Holden and Evelyn feel rejected by society and in isolation turn inward and reject themselvesThe death of Holden Caulfields younger brother Allie initiates Holdens nervous breakdown Holden enters an unrecoverable spin of depression spiraling downward to the point of near suicide What I really felt like though was committing suicide I felt like jumping out of the window a-108 Holden lacks a friend or another compassionate influence to provide him with moral support Just as one part of Holden drives him forward in his painful quest for a relationship another deeper part urges his withdrawalc-556 Without a caring husband Evelyn Nesbit must turn to society for not only mental love but also physical love There sits among us the most brilliant woman in America forced by society to find her genius in the exercise of sexual attractionb-46 Evelyn attempts to buy her way into society Your beauty is no more than the beauty of gold which is false cold and uselessb-49Holden attempts to justify his isolationism by considering the entire sane population of the world phony If you sat around there long enough and heard all the phonies applauding you got to hate everybody in the worlda-97 Holden is a perfectionist and can not accept blemishes in individuals personality He could be considered a hypocrite because of his view of society as imperfectIt is ironic that Holden ventures to find perfection when he himself is far from perfectg-intro After being unable to receive love from the world Evelyn delves for mere acceptance It occurred to Evelyn one day that Harry might indeed
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