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Holden Caulfield´s Narcissism Revisited: A Psychoanalytical Study of the Protagonist in J.D. Salinger´s The Catcher in the Rye
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Jerome David Salinger´s Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye, is seen through the lens of psychoanalytical literary criticism. He is a complex character, who is torn between his dreams and emotions. He is often depicted as a liar, a rebel who drops out of school or as a depressed young man who is admitted into care for his mental problems. Some of these issues are hidden in the vernacular teenage language. The image of Holden as having a personality that is in line with narcissism is therefore discussed. The intention is to question whether or not Holden shows symptoms of a narcissistic personality. Contrary to the personality traits that some critics have described, this essay focuses on the sides of Holden´s personality that show empathy, generosity and love, despite the traumas of his childhood.

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2018. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger, Freud, psychoanalytical literary criticism, narcissism
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-27000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-27000DiVA, id: diva2:1217971
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English
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no programme (freestanding course)
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Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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