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The Catcher in the Rye

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Parsa Abdi

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye

Introduction
Setting is the time, place, and situation in which a story takes place. The setting for "The Catcher in the Rye" takes place in at a boarding school in Agerstown, Pencey Prep School and other areas in New York City. The narrative is in Manhattan in the 1950’s, taking place at the various landmarks of New York City, such as Grand Central Station, Greenwich Village, Radio City Music Hall, and the famous Central Park.
Holden Caulfield
The main character and narrator of the novel, Holden is a sixteen-year-old boy who has just been expelled from Pency Prep School. At six feet, two-and-a-half inches, he is tall for his age and already has some gray hair, though he himself admits that he acts more like a 13-year-old than an adult. He finds the ugliness of the world around him almost unbearable, and he tries to protect himself from the pain and disappointment of the adult world. He is uncomfortable with his own weaknesses, and he claims to hate phonies and at times displays as much phoniness, meanness, and superficiality as anyone else in the book.
J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye

By: Parsa Abdi
Theme
Theme is the main idea or moral of the novel. In "The Catcher in the Rye" one of the major themes is the preservation of childhood innocence. Holden is constantly faced with the harsh realities of adulthood so he feels compelled to protect his innocence. He wants to be the catcher in the rye but in order to do this he can never be in the rye himself. In other words he can never be a child again.
Tone
Tone is the way the author wants the reader to feel. The tone in "The Catcher in the Rye" is very depressing, yet sarcastic at times. Holden states that he has a messed up life full of phonies and bad grades, nothing seems to go right for poor Holden, and because he is the narrator, his attitudes and feelings are well expressed throughout the novel. Holden seems to show a very negative mentality throughout the nove
l. He also struggles with drinking as he uses alcohol as an escape when his past is brought up.

The main event in "The Catcher in the Rye" is when Holden is sitting on the park bench and is watching Pheobe on the carousal, she keeps on trying to grab the ribbon on the top of the carousal, but she always misses. Holden wants to go and save her from falling if she were to do so, but then he realizes that if she were to fall that she would know not to do it again. He realizes that children need to learn from their mistakes. He finally sees a flaw with the "catcher in the rye" since he realizes that it's not helpful to preserve childhood innocence forever.
Recommendation
The Catcher in the Rye is an exciting and fascinating read, with a lot of brutal reality mixed with humor and depression. This novel made an impact on me and I would recommend it to those who aren't easily offended by crude content.
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Phoebe Caulfield
Phoebe is Holden’s ten-year-old sister, who he loves dearly. Although she is six years younger than Holden, she listens to what he says and understands him more than anyone else. Phoebe has red hair and is smart and a fantastic dancer, and her childish innocence is what Holden is trying to preserve and is one of his only sources of happiness. At times, she shows great maturity and Phoebe seems to recognize that Holden is his own worst enemy.
Written in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye is the narrative of the experiences of Holden Caulfield, a 16-year old, who heads into New York City after he is expelled from Pencey Prep School. It spans his three days on his own in the city, describing his ideas on sex, drinking, social hypocrisy, rebellion, and the process of coming of age.

Setting
Holden is very curious, throughout the story, about what happens to the ducks of the Central Park lake when wintertime comes and the lake freezes.
Conflict
Conflict is a problem that the main character or characters face. The main conflict in "The Catcher in the Rye" is internal. Holdens's thoughts almost seem to be working against him because he cannot cope with reality. Slowly, He is becoming less capable to function within society because his constant references to his childhood. Holden is not comfortable with the present; therefore referring to it negatively. In order to justify his own actions and "phoniness", Holden feels it necessary to accuse everyone and everything he comes across as being phony. By doing this, he is distracting himself from his own flaws, Holden is also becoming less capable to cope with life and the transition into adulthood.
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