Each of these characters is metropolitan in outlook and situation and is introverted: Their battles are private wars of spirit, not outward conflicts with society. Gwynn and Joseph L. Blotner, in The Fiction of J.
Plot[ edit ] Holden Caulfielda teenager, is living in an unspecified institution in Southern California near Hollywood in Caulfield intends to live with his brother D. B, an author and World War II veteran whom Holden is angered at for becoming a screenwriterone month after his discharge.
As he waits, Holden recalls the events of the previous Christmas. Holden begins his story at Pencey Preparatory Academy, an exclusive boarding school in Hagerstown, Pennsylvaniaon the Saturday afternoon of the traditional football game with a rival school.
Holden has been expelled from Pencey due to poor work and is not to return after Christmas break, which begins the following Wednesday.
He plans to return home on that day so that he will not be present when his parents receive notice of his expulsion. After forfeiting a fencing match in New York by forgetting the equipment in the subway, he is invited to the home of his history teacher, Mr. Spencer is a well-meaning but long-winded old man.
Spencer greets him and offers him advice, but embarrasses Holden by further criticizing Holden's work in his subject in a rude manner. Holden returns to his dorm wearing the new red hunting cap he bought in New York.
His dorm neighbor Robert Ackley is one of the few students also missing the game. Ackley, unpopular among his peers, disturbs Holden with his impolite questioning and mannerisms. Holden, who feels sorry for Ackley, tolerates his presence. Later, Holden agrees to write an English composition for his roommate, Ward Stradlater, who is leaving for a date.
However, Holden is distressed to learn that Stradlater's date is an old friend, Jane Gallagher, whom Holden had romantic feelings for and feels protective of.
Since Ackley and Mal had already seen the film, they end up just playing pinball and returning to Pencey. When Stradlater returns hours later, he fails to appreciate the deeply personal composition Holden wrote for him about the baseball glove of Holden's late brother Allie, and refuses to reveal whether he slept with Jane.
Enraged, Holden punches him, and Stradlater easily wins the ensuing fight. When Holden continues insulting him after the fight, Stradlater knocks him unconscious and leaves him with a bloody nose.
After leaving for Ackley's room, Holden is disappointed when he treats him rudely. Fed up with the so-called "phonies" at Pencey Prep, Holden impulsively decides to leave Pencey early, sells his typewriter to earn money, and catches a train to Penn Station in New York.
Holden intends to stay away from his home in a hotel until Wednesday, when his parents would have received news of his expulsion. Aboard the train, Holden meets the mother of a wealthy, obnoxious Pencey student named Ernest Morrow, and lies to her about himself and her son.The style of J.D.
Salinger’s writing in The Catcher in the Rye is mostly based on his persona of an adolescent boy. Throughout the whole story, he takes on the tone of his character Holden Caulfield, who is rather sarcastic and opinionated, and also a bit of “a pacifist, if you want to know the truth” (46).
Sep 21, · J D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is a work with many mysteries attached to it: perhaps the least of which is that, though it is both incoherent and morally destructive, it has been forced-fed by America’s public school system to America’s adolescents for sixty years.
A mystery more often cited by the public press, however, has been the.
Dec 21, · Why is 'the catcher in the rye' a book loveed by conspiracy J.D. Salinger, but this is simply my own "conspiracy theory" to the origin of the Status: Open. If you are a teacher searching for educational material, please visit PBS LearningMedia for a wide range of free digital resources spanning preschool through 12th grade.
The Catcher in the Rye is a goddam book novel by American author J.D. Salinger. It features a disconnected protagonist and narrator named Holden Caulfield who has become a prominent symbol of adolescent rebellion and anomie.
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