The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is sixteen years old. At Pencey, he has failed four out of five of his classes and has received notice that he is being expelled, but he is not scheduled to return home to Manhattan until Wednesday.
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. In a taxicabHolden inquires with the driver about whether the ducks in the Central Park lagoon migrate during winter, a subject he brings up often, but the man barely responds.
Holden checks into the dilapidated Edmont Hotel.Since its publication in , The Catcher in the Rye has spawned catchphrases, book-banning campaigns, unauthorized sequels, and untold millions of padded high school English class essays.
The success of Catcher in the Rye lays mainly in the main character, Holden CaulfieldÃ Â s, depth of disposition. The creation of Holden by JD Salinger was a process of numerous stages.5/5(1). Sep 20, · 34 videos Play all The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Course Hero Paul Auster Interview: What Could Have Been - Duration: Louisiana Channel 12, views. Since its publication in , The Catcher in the Rye has spawned catchphrases, book-banning campaigns, unauthorized sequels, and untold millions of padded high school English class essays. Still.
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Salinger Course Hero Paul Auster Interview: What Could Have Been - Duration: Louisiana Channel 12, views. The reclusive writer JD Salinger has been goaded into another round of litigation by a mystery first-time novelist who has brought the story of Holden Caulfield .
Plot Overview. The Catcher in the Rye is set around the s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield.
Holden is not specific about his location while he’s telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in . The first edition of this novel was published in July 16th , and was written by J.D. Salinger. The book was published in multiple languages including English language, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format.
The main characters of this classics, fiction story are Holden Caulfield, Robert Ackley/5(M). Home › American Literature › Analysis of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Analysis of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye The satire not only touches upon the characters’ descriptions and reactions to the world but also touches on the characters themselves.
Holden Caulfield’s confrontation with Maurice, the brawny.