Rohrer writes, "Many of these readers are disappointed that the novel fails to meet the expectations generated by the mystique it is shrouded in. The boy is not trying to please anyone; he is merely expressing his passion of the moment.
Holden wants to tell what happened over a two-day period the previous December, beginning on the Saturday afternoon of the traditional season-ending football game between his school, Pencey Prep, and Saxon Hall. Holden refuses to let her come with him, which upsets Phoebe, so Holden decides not to leave after all.
Holden becomes uncomfortable with the situation, and when he tells her all he wants to do is talk, she becomes annoyed and leaves. In chapter 13 she says that in the movie a boy falls off a boat.
So do most films, especially sentimental war films. His interactions with the prostitute Sunny are comic as well as touching, partly because they are both adolescents trying to be adults. To put it simply, Holden is struggling.
Caulfield intends to live with his brother D. Coming Through the Rye, which has been compared to fan fiction. Since Ackley and Mal had already seen the film, they end up just playing pinball and returning to Pencey.
Later, Holden agrees to write an English composition for his roommate, Ward Stradlater, who is leaving for a date. He is out of shape because he smokes too much. Holden has been expelled from Pencey due to poor work and is not to return after Christmas break, which begins the following Wednesday.
Although Phoebe is happy to see Holden, she quickly deduces that he has been expelled, and chastises him for his aimlessness and his apparent dislikes towards everything. He wants beautiful moments to last forever, using as his model the displays in glass at the Museum of Natural History, in which the same people are shown doing the same things year after year.
When a girl says she wants to stop, Holden stops. As he waits, Holden recalls the events of the previous Christmas. Romance magazines with "lean-jawed guys named David" and "a lot of phony girls named Linda or Marcia" usually set Holden to "puking," although he does sometimes read them on the train.
The Catcher in the Rye remains a force in literature precisely because it may mean many things to many different people.
There is flow in the seemingly disjointed ideas and episodes; for example, as Holden sits in a chair in his dorm, minor events, such as picking up a book or looking at a table, unfold into discussions about experiences. His general health is poor. Although he is a romantic, he still admits that he is sexually driven.
His dorm neighbor Robert Ackley is one of the few students also missing the game. Unfortunately, Holden seems to think this is one of his weaknesses. He impulsively invites Sally to run away with him that night to live in the wilderness of New Englandbut she is uninterested in his hastily conceived plan and declines.
It is not unusual for any of us to be concerned about sex as adolescents, but Holden is especially so. In the end, he seems to distrust the corrupting potential of the relationship between artist and audience, especially among adults. Despite his limited experience, his attitude toward women is actually admirable and mature.
History[ edit ] Various older stories by Salinger contain characters similar to those in The Catcher in the Rye.
Critical reviews affirm that the novel accurately reflected the teenage colloquial speech of the time. Although Holden claims that she is "the queen of all phonies", they agree to meet that afternoon to attend a play at the Biltmore Theater.
He spends most of Monday morning wandering Fifth Avenue. That is to say, he has done nothing.
He is attracted to the trappings of adulthood: Holden begins his story at Pencey Preparatory Academy, an exclusive boarding school in Agerstown, Pennsylvaniaon the Saturday afternoon of the traditional football game with a rival school.
Most interpretations of the novel are debatable. Confused and uncertain, he leaves and spends the rest of the night in a waiting room at Grand Central Stationwhere he sinks further into despair and expresses regret over leaving Mr.
B, an author and World War II veteran whom Holden resents for becoming a screenwriterafter his release in one month. He plans to return home on that day so that he will not be present when his parents receive notice of his expulsion.
In a short epilogue, Holden briefly alludes to encountering his parents that night and "getting sick" implying a tuberculosis diagnosismentioning that he will be attending another school in September.
I never saw him. Although Holden is understandably bothered by Mr.The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger’s novel of post-war alienation told by angst-ridden teen Holden Caulfield.
Controversial at the time of publication for its frank language, it was an instant best-seller, and remains beloved by both teens and adults.
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Holden Caulfield, the year-old narrator and protagonist of the novel, speaks to the reader directly from a mental hospital or sanitarium in southern California. The novel is a frame story (a story within a certain fictional framework) in the form of a long flashback.
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