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Catcher in the Rye

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Nick Andrews Andrews

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Transcript of Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye
In-depth Summary
The protagonist and narrator, Holden Caulfield was kicked out of Pencey Prep after failing four out of his five classes.
Holden is frustrated and fed up with Pencey Prep and he leaves immediately to live on his own in New York City after leaving the school.
He tries to get alcohol and have sex with a prostitute but he is unsuccessful at both. After being beat up, Holden contemplates suicide.
Holden calls up an old girlfriend, Sally Hayes, and goes on a date with her.
He shares his desire to run away with her, but she rejects the idea, angering Holden.
Role of Salinger's Life in the Novel
When comparing Salinger's life to that of Holden Caulfield in
The Catcher in the Rye
, one may notice numerous similarities.
Salinger, just as Holden did, often visited the Museum of Natural History when he was young.
Both encountered academic trouble at prep schools and ended up dropping out multiple times.
The Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania, which Salinger attended, was the model on which Pencey was based.
Salinger lived in New York, which was the setting of much of the story, and it was also Holden's home.
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J.D. Salinger's Life
Jerome David Salinger was born on January 1, 1919, in New York City.
Introduced to art and literature at a young age, frequently visiting the Museum of Natural History, as well as Broadway.
He had academic troubles in his high school career, eventually dropping out at the end of his sophomore year.
He attended NYU in 1936 but dropped out his freshman year.
In 1939, Salinger published his first short story, "The Young Folks."
He was drafted by the US Army in 1942, and began writing about

the army and patriotism.
He published
The Catcher in the Rye
in 1951.
He lived in seclusion for the majority of his life, in New Hampshire.
Video Summary
Summary Cont.
He travels home secretly to quickly visit his sister, Phoebe.
Holden then visits Mr. Antolini, an old teacher, who lets him stay for the night.
He leaves, however, when he feels as if Mr. Antolini begins to act like a pervert.
When Holden decides to run away and tells Phoebe, she says that she wants to go with him, but he refuses.
This angers Phoebe, which depresses Holden.
He makes the decision to stay and takes Phoebe to a carousel
He says that he feels happy watching her ride.
Literary Criticisms
"From the opening pages of the novel the world is seen to be fragmentary, distorted, and absurd- in Holden's own special vernacular, "phony." It is an environment in which real communication on a sensitive level is impossible" (Bloom 29).
The Catcher in the Rye
, Salinger gives us an open, innocent, protean hero who lives, antisocially, on the periphery of conventional sanity- a modern rebel and existential hero, in fact. And he places this hero in a closed, corrupt, highly structured society" (Bloom 65).

"The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Review) Minute Book Report." YouTube. YouTube, 27 Jan. 2013. Web. 06 Oct. 2014. <https://www.youtube.com>.
Works Cited
Bloom, Harold. J.D. Salinger. New York, NY: Chelsea House, 1987. Print.

Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. J.D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye and Other. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2008. Print.

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.

Holden Caulfield transitions between the child and adult worlds.
He wants to be the catcher in the rye.
This metaphor of the catcher in the rye displays that Holden wants to preserve innocence.
Holden's disgust at the fuck you's he sees everywhere show that he is concerned with preserving the innocence of kids.
He realizes in the end that children may have to "fall off" as a part of the maturation process, and accepts that he has to allow people to experience life.
Poll Questions
Do you believe that
The Catcher in the Rye
should have ever been on the banned book list?
Do you feel as if you'd be able to relate to Holden if you read the novel?
Can the corruption associated with adulthood, which Holden so despises, be avoided?
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