In the United States there is one in forty-five children that are either on their own or they don’t have parents according to American Institutes for Research. In the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Holden has lost his younger brother when he was thirteen. Now he is sixteen and has been through three schools flunking out of all of them. Holden is moving on to his 4th school, where he also flunks out.
It is the adult world that has made him a "madman," as he often characterizes himself. He just cannot relate to anyone except for his kid sister Phoebe. Everything and all other people seem "phony" to him. He flunks out of three boarding schools in a row, the latest of them Pencey Prep, which is also where the first part of the story takes place. One Saturday night, after some last experiences with his history teacher "Old Spencer," his roommate Stradlater and the boy next door, Robert Ackley, Holden decides to leave Pencey four days early for Christmas break.
Salinger is considered to be a classic American novel because it is immortal. Salinger was able to create a classic novel by conjuring up a protagonist who suffered from problems with depression, which allowed readers from any generation to connect and reflect on his actions. The readers were able to connect with Holden Caulfield because he was designed in such a way where his ideologies mirrored the ideologies of teens from any generation. His personality let teens realize that they are not the only ones who feel a certain way about society and people’s tendency to be “phony” as Holden accused people of being. After Holden gets beaten up by M...
After the death of his brother, Allie, Holden seeps into depression. He repeatedly get kicks out of school and on his fourth time he decides to spend a few days in New York City by himself. Throughout the days that he is alone he faces common problems of an average teenager, but on a more extreme level, such as depression, loneliness, and anxiety. J.D. Salinger explores many themes throughout the novel.
Problem Teens in Catcher in the Rye, Tears of a Tiger, and Whirligig The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger's novel set in the 1950s, told the story of sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield. Deciding that he's had enough of Pencey, his fourth school that he'd failed, he goes to Manhattan three days before his scheduled return to home, not wanting to inform his parents that he'd been expelled and sent back. He explores the city, calls up some old friends, gets nicked by the elevator operator, and gradually becomes bitter about the world and people. He then visited his sister Phoebe.
My Father Died a Drunk At 4, I came to the breakfast table and saw that my father had a horribly swollen eye and adhesive tape forming a shell on his nose. I didn't know that he got those injuries in a barroom fight; I only know that I was deeply frightened and sorry that my father was hurt. This was the first of many bad memories. At 6, I awakened to the sound of a violent argument between my father and mother. I didn't know the reason for the quarrel; I just wanted the shouting, cursing and threats to stop.
The troubled teenager has not had an easy life so far. Caulfield has been kicked out of several boarding schools because of various reasons, and tells the readers his story from a tuberculosis rest home. Holden Caulfield gets sick because he decided that he would roam around New York City, just a few days before Christmas, in the horrid weather. Not getting enough sleep, Caulfield drank and smoked too much, and was in a state of depression or emotional stress. In J.
He leaves a few days before Christmas vacation starts, before his parents get notice that he has gotten kicked out of his school. He doesent want to go home early, so he just goes back to Manhattan and tries to survive on his own. Holden Caulfield is a 16 year old boy. One character trait he has is insecurity. He seems insecure due to the fact that he repeats himself often.
Holden Caulfield is a sixteen-year-old prep school student who has flunked out of school the week before Christmas. Several days before he's expected home for Christmas vacation, he leaves school, planning to spend some time on his own in New York City where he lives. Though Holden is friendly with many people at school, and though he has several friends in New York, he's constantly lonesome and in need of someone who will sympathize with his feelings of alienation. The person Holden feels closest to is his ten-year-old sister, Phoebe, but he can't call her for fear of letting his parents know he has left school. He spends his time with a variety of people, but he can't make meaningful contact with any of them.
After his expulsion from Pency, a fashionable prep school, the lat-est in a long line of expulsions, Holden has a few confrontations with his fellow students and leaves shortly after to return to his hometown, New York City. In the heart of New York City, Holden spends the following two days hiding out to rest before confronting his parents with the news. During his adventures in the city he tries to renew some old acquaintances, find his significance in the adult world, and come to grips with the head-aches he has been having lately. Eventually, Holden sneaks home to visit his sister Phoebe, because alone on the streets he feels as if he has no where else to turn. Children are the only people with whom Holden can communicate with throughout the novel, not because they can help him with his growing pains but because they remind him of a simpler time (his inno-cence), which he wishes he could return.