The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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What are some possible explanations for Holden's lack of motivation in school? Give at least two examples from The Catcher in the Rye.

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Holden Caulfield is depicted as a neurotic teenager who struggles academically at Pencey Prep and desperately fears entering the competitive world of adults. Although Holden is a bright adolescent, he is failing every course, except English, and is not motivated to pass any other classes. One of the primary causes of Holden's lack of motivation concerns his mental health. Holden has not emotionally or psychologically healed from the traumatic death of his younger brother, Allie . Holden was only thirteen years old when his brother died of leukemia and has never recovered or properly grieved. While Holden is at Pencey, he continues to reminisce about Allie and even writes Stradlater's composition about Allie's baseball glove. In addition to Holden's emotional issues stemming from Allie’s tragic death, he has also witnessed a classmate commit suicide at Elkton Hills, which contributes to his mental health concerns. Holden’s traumatic experiences distract him from succeeding in the...

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