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The Catcher in the Rye

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Kyle Kim

on 26 May 2015

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye

Basic Situation
: The main character, Holden Caulfield, is a 16 year old boy who lives in a mental hospital and struggles to keep focus in school.

Inciting Incident
: Holden finds out that he will be expelled from his school, Pencey, and has a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, for dating the girl Holden likes.
External Conflict:
(Man vs. Man) Holden vs. his struggling relationship with others.
(Man vs. Society) Holden vs. the outside world, especially academics.

Internal Conflict:
(Man vs. Self) Holden vs. his emotions and mentality.
Climax & Falling Action
Holden arrives at Central Park, NY to see his little sister, Phoebe, who at the Museum of Natural History.
Phoebe is not there, so he decides to meet with a girl named Sally. Eventually, they do not get along, and Holden decides to find Phoebe in an apartment.
As Holden wakes Phoebe up, she is happy to see him, but also mad about him flunking school.
Holden explains of his fantasy of help children from falling of a cliff.
Holden calls his former English teacher, Mr. Antolini to help him. They discuss Holden's future.
Holden falls asleep, and wakes up to Mr. Antolini stroking his forehead. Holden is freaked out a bit by this and excuses himself.
Holden decides to meet up with Phoebe as he is going to leave, but Phoebe shows up with a suitcase and asks to leave with him. He says no.
Before he leaves, he takes Phoebe to a carousel and almost breaks into tears by her happy face.
As the story ends, the narrator side of Holden tells that he would enter a new school in the fall and decide his future.

Characters, Setting and Point of View
Holden Caulfield- 16 years old, boy who struggles in school because of mental problems and travels, meeting many women
Phoebe Caulfield- sister of Holden, child and cares deeply about Holden
Mr. Antolini- former English teacher of Holden, helps with emotional problems of Holden, but creeps him out later on

The theme of this story is that life gets harder and harder as people grow. Like Holden, his life was surrounded by his difficult emotions and drinking problems. As he grew, he finds to think life is harder and is unsure about his future.
J.D. Salinger
Holden continues to struggle in sch00l.
When he leaves school, he meets with a student's mother on a train cart and tries to flirt with her, but fails to impress her.
As he arrived at the Penn Station, Holden gets in a phone booth and makes calls to many people.
Holden calls people left and right, trying to hook up with girls while he is drunk.
He asks three girls for a drink, they accept, but laugh at the fact of how young he is.
When Holden is at a place called the Edmont, the elevator worker, Maurice, offers Holden a chance with a prostitute.
Holden is unsure and says he cannot do it because of a "spinal injury". But, he stills insists to pay her 5 dollars.
Maurice is at the door and also wants 5 dollars. When Holden doesn't, he gets punched in the stomach.
This story could be very disturbing in many ways to a minor, having many adult references.
Characters, Setting and Point of View (Continued)
Setting: (Multiple) 1950's, in:
Pencey, Holden's school in beginning for the story
New York (mainly Broadway and Central Park)
Point of View: first person narrated by Holden
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