Mental health in the 1950's was something that wasn’t acknowledged as much as it is today and was treated very differently. In the book "the catcher in the rye", the author J.D Salinger incorporates the cultural assumption of mental health by using techniques such as repetitive language in a way that makes the audience feel the exaggeration and realise the signs of depression and loneliness that the character is showing. In the text Holden repeats that he is depressed and a very nervous person which is shown in the text when he sys for example "I was a little nervous. I was starting to feel a little sexy but I was a little nervous anyway". By using the word 'nervous" repetitively we get the sense that he is overthinking things and is sign of mental health issues. J.D Salinger demonstrates challenge of cultural assumption by using structure of the text and constantly shows us that his parents are absent and he is alone, which is the reason why he is showing signs of mental health issues. In the text Salinger is constantly keeping him by himself and is never with his parents. This motif of loneliness is also shown in the text as Holden is sent off to Pencey Prep which is a boarding school, to then be kicked out of that and return home to just his sister and no parents. This is giving Holden the signs of mental health issues even though he may not be depressed like he says, but just lonely as he is craving the presence of his parents or just people in general.in the end of the novel ,we learn that Holden is then sent off to military school to be once again alone.