Mental Illness in the 1950's

Mental illness in the 1950's was not considered "ok". It was an odd thing to have an illness that involved 'mind games' as such. People were very off put by people with mental illnesses. They were very fearful of these people & didn’t really know how to take them until institutes were brought in & put in place to help these certain people with their illnesses. Caulfield doesn't directly say he has mental illnesses, but we assume he has some issues through his speech, his comments to us, the reader, telling us he is anxious, feels nervous & sick. he mention these things to us as he is portraying that he has a mental illness because of the events occurring & his reaction to them. "I was anxious as hell to see it," J.D Sallinger uses this quote, said by Caulfield to prove hisd anxiousness in situations. He repeats this many times through the novel & really pushes the point. "I was getting sort of nervous, all of a sudden. I'm quite a nervous guy." J.D Sallinger challenges this through proving a point of maybe mental illness comes from the pressure of their daily lives not just something that occurs.  "I was too depressed to care whether I had a good view or not" Caulfield tells us about his feelings about being depressed, nervous & anxious but J.D Sallinger doesn't directly challenge this. We have to assume the pressure of teenage delinquency & conformity is getting to Caulfield & makes him feel this way. Yet another way this can be challenged by Sallinger is the worry Caulfield has about the future in reality. "She said I was wild and that I had no direction in life." "And I think I was more depressed than I ever was in my whole life." It was obvious & assumed life for Caulfield was stressful, & we assume his indirect comment on his mental illnesses play a part. This is purposely done by Sallinger.

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2 years ago

1. Find the cultural assumption being discussed. Do you think it is outlined and described clearly? You outlined the cultural assumption clearly which was mental illnesses in the 1950's
2. Do the examples help you to understand the cultural assumption? If not make suggestions about what they can include to help you understand. Your examples were good and helped me understand the cultural assumption well

3. Can you identify the elements of novel used by the author to show the cultural assumption. If not make a comment that they need to include this. You did not mention the elements of the novel in this blog but by reading it I have an idea it was through characterisation, just remember to state the elements for extra marks

4. Have they linked the cultural assumption to context? (Do they make comments about the time and place the novel was written and how the cultural assumption links to this time and place?) You stated the time of the assumption but didn’t link it back to real life, consider linking it back to real life in your essay and you will get more marks

5. Can you identify the author of the novel and their view about the cultural assumption ? If not make suggestions about where they can include the author and how the author presents the assumption. e.g. accept, reject, question, challenge. You state the author clearly and his view of the assumption, u also state the ways this assumption is challenged

5. Can you find any distinct similarities or differences between you novel and your partner's novel? Our novels are linked again by our authors having their assumptions challenged

2 years ago

once again, I enjoyed reading you blog b x