“The Catcher in the Rye” follows the actions of its main character, Holden Caulfield, over its span of 26 chapters. Holden has just been expelled from another highly regarded school, this time Pencey Prep. As he deals with the repercussions of the fact that he does not apply himself, he decides to leave and spend the time before his parents find out of his expulsion in New York. First off he spends some time at a hotel and decides to buzz up some friends, as he would say. The only problem is that once he looks in his contacts, he only has three, so he decides to go for a drink or two.
He runs away from school after getting into a fight with his roommate. He stays inNew York City until the remainder of the school year is over. On the subway to the city he tells made-up stories to other passengers. Once he makes it to the city he checks himself into Edmont Hotel. While exploring the city he seems to simultaneously explore his sexual curiosity.
He gets into a fight with his roommate Stradlater, and that make him leave school four days earlier. He is left with no place to go because he has not spoken to his parents to tell them his bad news. His only choice for a safe place to sleep is to get a hotel with the money he has been saving from his grandmother. He wanders the streets of New York City and comes into contact with all kinds of people whom help Holden put his life in order. Holden has faced many challenges in his life, the death of his younger brother Allie, from leukemia, the suicide of one of his roommates at one of his other boarding schools, and constantly being kicked out of different boarding schools.
At the time of the novel through today, Holden's speech rings true to the colloquial speech of teenagers. Holden, according to many reviews in the Chicago Tribune, the New Yorker, and the New York Times, accurately captures the informal speech of an average intelligent, educated, northeastern American adolescent (Costello, 1990). Such speech includes both simple description and cursing. For example, Holden says, "They're nice and all", as well as "I'm not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything." In the first instance, he uses the term "nice" which oversimplifies his parents' character, implying he does not wish to disrespect them, yet at the same time he does not praise them.
Even though Stephen enjoyed reading, writing, and watching movies, he was teased at school for being different; he was taller than others of his age and was chubby. Stephens’s teacher noticed his writing skills were more advanced than the rest of his class, and that he spent a majority of his time writing stories or plays. He also published a newspaper called The... ... middle of paper ... ...pson, liked kings novel, but it wasn’t good enough to publish, so he told King to revise it. Soon Thompson was mailed Kings revised version of Getting It On, and thought that Kings novel could actually be able to make profit. After his first novel was accepted, King was eager to publish more, but his next two books were rejected.
As time passed more and more he became a bigger and bigger icon in the United States. Mark Twain changed the way writing was understood, he found realism in his memories from his childhood that was discovered to be controversial but overall truthful about the time period. Mark Twain grew up in Missouri and expressed his exotic and memories throughout his books. He wrote some of the most realistic fictional novels and really captured the life of kids in the late 1800’s. Although his life turned into a overwhelming depression, his books will live on forever and so will his glory years.
The theme of the novel was a message about society and growing up. For Holden and for many others, it is too much to ask to live in a world where you have to catch yourself before you fall. Works Cited Belcher, William F., and Lee, James E. J.D. Salinger and the Critics. 20th Sept. 1999 http://kirjasto.scifi/salinger.htm.
He is a symbolization of an early hero of adolescent anguish, but filled with life. There are messages such as: teen depression, the coming of age/adulthood, loneliness, life as what you make it, self-endurance and the pains of growing up through adolescence. These points are given across the book from Salinger’s literary devices such as perspective and plot, and rhetorical devices like imagery. The effect these devices give involves attracti... ... middle of paper ... ...the proceedings of the novel. He recounts in the first person, telling what he witnesses and experiences, and gives his own remarks on the occurrences and people he describes.
Holden decides that he's had enough of Pencey and will go to Manhattan three days early, stay in a hotel, and not tell his parents that he is back. On the train to New York, Holden meets the mother of one of his fellow Pencey students. Though he thinks this student is a complete "bastard," he tells the woman made-up stories about how shy her son is and how well respected he is at school. When he arrives at Penn Station, he goes into a phone booth and considers calling several people, but for various reasons he decides against it. He gets in a cab and asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park go when the lagoon freezes, but his question annoys the driver.
A Catcher In The Rye - Summary The Catcher in the Rye is narrated by Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year-old boy recuperating in a rest home from a nervous breakdown, some time in 1950. Holden tells the story of his last day at a school called Pencey Prep, and of his subsequent psychological meltdown in New York City. Holden has been expelled from Pencey for academic failure, and after an unpleasant evening with his self-satisfied roommate Stradlater and their pimply next-door neighbor Ackley, he decides to leave Pencey for good and spend a few days alone in New York City before returning to his parents' Manhattan apartment. In New York, he succumbs to increasing feelings of loneliness and desperation brought on by the hypocrisy and ugliness of the adult world; he feels increasingly tormented by the memory of his younger brother Allie's death, and his life is complicated by his burgeoning sexuality. He wants to see his sister Phoebe and his old girlfriend Jane Gallagher, but instead he spends his time with Sally Hayes, a shallow socialite Holden's age, and Carl Luce, a pretentious Columbia student Holden treats as a source of sexual knowledge Increasingly lonely, Holden finally decides to sneak back to his parents' apartment to talk to Phoebe.