Catcher in the Rye

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Catcher in the Rye

plotHolden Caulifield has been kicked out of his fancy boarding school in Pennsyvania. He cannot go home for a few more days (until christmas break starts) so his parents don't know he got expelled. So he decides to venture around Manhatten for the next few days. (His parents live in Manhatten)

Plot Summary

- Alienation as a Form of Self-ProtectionHe says he "feels trapped on the other side of life", and he continually attempts to find his way in a world in which he feels he doesn't belong.- The Painfulness of Growing UpHolden cant understand everything around him, he says "Sex is something i just don't understand. I swear to God i don't" showing how he doesn't comprehend some of the major aspects of growing up- The Phoniness of the Adult WorldHolden explains in the 22nd chapter, that adults are inevitably phonies, and they cannot see their phoniness. Phoniness, for Holden, stands as a symbol of everything bad in the world around him and it is an excuse for him to retract into his isolation.

The setting of The Catcher In the Rye is Pency Prep School, and New York city. The year the book is taken place is somewhere between 1948-1949.


Present Themes

Parents in New Jersey complained to their school board about the books, filthy and profane language, and its apparent promotion of premarital sex, homosexuality, and perversion. The board ultimately banned the books for everyone, except advanced placement students, who they ruled could understand and appreciate the novel’s universal message.In the 1980's, the book became the subject of intense censorship. Parents in a Washington town clamed the book has 800 instances of profanity. They also stated it had a communist plot. Capitalizing on anti-Communist sentiment, the parents quickly saw their complaints validated when the school board banned the book.

Written by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher In The Rye

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