How are the themes of depression and loneliness shown in The Catcher in the Rye?
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, an what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”
"Game, my ass. . .If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it's a game, all right--I'll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren't any hot-shots, then what's a game about it? Nothing. No game.”
DEAR MR. SPENCER [he read out loud]. That is all I know about the Egyptians. I can't seem to get very interested in them although your lectures are very interesting. It is all right with me if you flunk me though as I am flunking everything else except English anyway.
Respectfully yours, HOLDEN CAULFIELD.
"Listen, what the hell was the fight about?"
I didn't answer him. All I did was, I got up and went over and looked out the window. I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead.
Caulfield's novel is a classic of American literature. That its subject matter involves the sense of alienation common to teenagers, especially those who don't fit easily into a ready-made clique and for whom the looming specter of adulthood is a depressing thought, has rightfully made it a staple of high school education. It resonates with those for whom the high school years are a melancholy time.