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Throughout life an individual may endure several emotionally or physically straining moments In The Catcher In The Rye Holden Caulfield suffers much verbal abuse as well as physical Both forms of the abuse combined with other factors eventually leads Holden to suffer a mental breakdown Holdens actions prove that A blow from a whip raises a welt but a blow from the tongue smashes bones Holden experiences several fights throughout the story Near the beginning he begins a struggle with Stradlater his roommate over his friends date Jane Gallagher Holden was upset to learn that the couple were alone in a car knowing Stradlaters sexual history Holdens mind chooses to push out the incident so it is foggy in his head But all he knew was he tried to hit Stradlater but missed After the miss Stradlater proceeded to climb on top of Holden and take hold of his wrists not letting him up Stradlater dug his knees deep into Holdens chest to keep him from moving This seemed to go on for around ten hours When Stradlater finally gave in and let Holden get up the struggle started again ending with a bloody nose for Holden Afterwards although Holden was somewhat offended by the actions he did not seem to care about his dripping nose He went directly over to Ackleys room not even stopping to wipe up his nose He also did not seem to care about the overall fight because he talked of it like it meant nothing to him I had a little goddam tiff with Stradlater he explains to Ackley Do you feel like playing a little Canasta This quick forgetting shows that
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