Catcher In The Rye Reflective Journal Grade 12 English Essay

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In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, there are many characters that have introduced. The first character that was presented in the novel was the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Holden is a sixteen-year-old boy that has be expelled from Pencey Prep. for failing four classes and then runs away to New York to avoid the consequences that will he will face when he goes home.

Holden is a very intriguing character in which he is different from the others around him. Holden has a red hunting hat that he mentions and wears quite frequently to display his individuality. He also values his relationships with others. He respects the integrity of women and doesn’t treat them like objects. In chapter 6, Stradlater goes on a date with Jane Gallagher, which is one of Holden’s old friends. When Stradlater comes back from their date, Holden infers that Stradlater gave her “the time” in the car and gets into a fight with him. Holden always wanted to think that Jane was always good and pure. Another character that intrigues me is Mr. Spencer, Holden’s history teacher. Holden goes to his house to visit before returning home for the Christmas break. I like how Mr. Spencer tries to help Holden grasp what is happening to him and trying to change how he thinks about life, but Holden does not give much of a concern about his education. Mr. Spencer agrees with the headmaster saying, “‘Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules’” (Salinger 11). Mr. Spencer is trying to help him do what is best which I find to be very generous. Jane Gallagher is a girl that goes on a date with Stradlater, but is also one of Holden’s old friends from a previous summer. Jane is someone that I find very interesting by the way she does the little things to impress Holden. For example, keeping all her kings in the back row. In chapter 11, she is likes to golf and read which are activities that I like to do also.

Holden is telling his story of how he got to be placed in a mental institution in the 1950’s. In the 1950’s, Holden would be classified as a rebellious teenager since he drinks, smokes and does not focus on his education. Throughout the novel, I noticed that Holden often refers to himself as lonely because he does not conform to be the stereotypical teenager. He went to Pencey Prep. which wasn’t a good place for Holden since he says it is “full of phonies”. I also noticed that he feels isolated from the others at Pencey...

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