The Catcher in the Rye: A Psychoanalytic Perspective and Social Activism

13 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2010

Date Written: April 9, 2010

Abstract

The central and controlling image of a school dropout is a poignant version of modern alienation. This paper investigates the inner recesses of Holden’s psyche that is undoubtedly in the midst of an existential crisis. The loner-hero rejects Pencey Prep, a preparatory school, and disgusted with the pseudo-intellectualism he ventures out into the adult world, only to end in a psychiatric centre. Society victims need to be refashioned and reinstated in accordance to the corrective, curative and therapeutic standards. The intention here is to pass the discourse from damage studies to reparation and to suggest the readers to consider the novel as a basic discussion of ailments and amends.

Suggested Citation

George, Jyoti, The Catcher in the Rye: A Psychoanalytic Perspective and Social Activism (April 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1586914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1586914

Jyoti George (Contact Author)

Patkai Christian College ( email )

Nagaland
India

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