When he tries to explain why he hates school, she accuses him of not liking anything. Stradlater spends the evening on a date with Jane Gallagher, a girl whom Holden used to date and whom he still admires. Laser, Marvin, and Norman Fruman, eds. As Holden goes out to the lobby, he starts to think about Jane Gallagher and, in a flashback, recounts how he got to know her.
Holden Caulfield is no better or no worse than any young high school boy; he is merely a bit more articulate and honest in his appraisals, more open with his feelings.
He looks quickly and may make rash judgments, but once he talks to or acquaints himself with someone, he sees him or her as an individual.
The next morning, Holden, becoming increasingly depressed and in need of personal connection, calls Sally Hayes, a familiar date. His mentioning of the boring boy he knew in school who could whistle better than anyone is the perfect example: History[ edit ] Various older stories by Salinger contain characters similar to those in The Catcher in the Rye.
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. Blotner, in The Fiction of J. It starts to rain heavily, but Holden is so happy watching his sister ride the carousel that he is close to tears.
Although the family does not provide the haven that Salinger suggests it might, it is through coming home that the characters flourish, not by running away. At Pencey, for example, he wants to protect a childhood friend named Jane Gallagher fromWard Stradlater, remembering that she always kept her kings in the back row in checker games and never used them.
Although not a would-be saint, Holden does become a fuller human being through his experiences. The Glass family may mention Buddhism, but because of their acquaintance with all religions and their high intelligence and hyperkinetic thirst for knowledge, Salinger suggests that they have picked and chosen aspects from various religions and created a composite of them all.
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. His sensitivity, his compassion, his powers of observation, and his references to himself as an exhibitionist are several such clues.
His job is to catch the children if, in their abandon, they come close to falling off the brink; to be, in effect, the "catcher in the rye". Again, he asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park go in the winter, and this cabbie is even more irritable than the first one.
Like Huck Finn, he lies to get along, but not to hurt, and also like Huck, he tries to do good. Although Holden is exhausted, he is courteous and considers his advice. He decides to see Phoebe at lunchtime to explain his plan and say farewell. Near the end of the novel Holden dreams of fleeing civilization and building a cabin out west, something that belies his earlier man-about-town conduct.
He does not want himself or any children to fall into the adult world. Ackley, unpopular among his peers, disturbs Holden with his impolite questioning and mannerisms. Holden refuses to let her come with him, which upsets Phoebe, so Holden decides not to leave after all.
He spends an evening dancing with three tourist women from Seattle in the hotel lounge and enjoys dancing with one, though is disappointed that he is unable to hold a conversation with them.
Also, Jesus did not have time to analyze who would be perfect for his disciples; thus, they were not perfect and would have condemned Judas if they had had the chance. Provides an unusual sociological reading of the novel as well as an essay that firmly places the novel in American literary history.
After making some wisecracks about his age, they leave, letting him pay their entire tab. The movie is Captains Courageousstarring Spencer Tracy. At the beginning of the novel he has told us that he is in California recovering from an illness and that he is reconciled with his family.
Although not a Christ figure, Holden does acquire a Christlike position—perfect love of all humankind, good and evil. In using the antihero device, Salinger created a character with whom young readers can easily identify. Antolini stroking his forehead. Gwynn and Joseph L. From his room at the Edmont, Holden can see into the rooms of some of the guests in the opposite wing.
Supporters have argued that if the book were removed from classrooms or libraries because of the objections of a few parents, all children would be harmed by such censorship. The catcher-in-therye job is one that Holden realizes is impractical in the world as it is.
Holden tries to explain to Sally why he is unhappy at school, and actually urges her to run away with him to Massachusetts or Vermont and live in a cabin. During the meeting, Holden annoys Carl with his fixation on sex.
In this world, realizing what is squalor and what is good and loving it all is the first step in achieving identity and humanity: Holden has the cab driver take him to the Edmont Hotel, where he checks himself in. He spends most of Monday morning wandering Fifth Avenue.ANALYSIS.
Catcher in the Rye (). J.
D. Salinger () “Our youth today has no moorings, no criterion beyond instinct, no railing to grasp along the steep. The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in – and as a novel in A classic novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of.
The most famous work of J. D. Salinger, besides his short stories, is the novel The Catcher in the Rye (), which influenced a generation of readers and is still considered a.
The Catcher in the Rye study guide contains a biography of J.D. Salinger, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. About The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye Summary. Watch video · Edward Norton’s Analysis of “The Catcher in the Rye” Premiere date: January 21, | Actor and producer Edward Norton shares his memories of reading The Catcher of Rye as an adolescent, and his analysis of the character Holden Caulfield and the way author J.D.
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