Please help me I have to write 3 essays about "Catcher in the Rye"!!The topics relate to: Holden's self dicoveringHolden's maturing Holden's Breakdownplease please if you can write an...

Please help me I have to write 3 essays about "Catcher in the Rye"!!

The topics relate to: 

Holden's self dicovering

Holden's maturing

Holden's Breakdown

please please if you can write an essay for each of them for me or give some kind of help 

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After Holden has a fist fight with Stradlater over Jane, he leaves Pencey Prep before the holiday vacation, his journey of self-discovery, and maturity begins.  The end of this journey results in Holden's nervous breakdown which lands him in the mental institution, which is where he is at the beginning of the story.

Holden's self-discovery begins with his decision to tell the reader about his experiences that led to his being put in the mental institution.  He tells us about his relationships with Stradlater and Ackley, his roommate and his dorm neighbor at Pencey Prep. We learn that Holden lost his little brother Allie to Leukemia.  Holden was devastated with grief. 

This grief is still causing Holden deep personal pain, so much so that he cannot succeed in school academically.  He has been thrown out of one school after another.  He is now being thrown out of Pencey Prep for failing 4 out of 5 subjects.  Mr. Spencer, his History Teacher, tries to advise Holden to wise up and start getting involved in his education.

It is questionable as to whether Holden matures in the book at all. At the end of the story, he is not sure if he will succeed in the next school he goes to, he is, hopefully healthier mentally after he is treated in the mental institution.

Holden's breakdown is a result of feeling absolute isolation from life, from his family and from himself.  He has to stop running.  

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