The Catcher In The Rye Essay

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“The Catcher in the Rye” follows the actions of its main character, Holden Caulfield, over its span of 26 chapters. Holden has just been expelled from another highly regarded school, this time Pencey Prep. As he deals with the repercussions of the fact that he does not apply himself, he decides to leave and spend the time before his parents find out of his expulsion in New York. First off he spends some time at a hotel and decides to buzz up some friends, as he would say. The only problem is that once he looks in his contacts, he only has three, so he decides to go for a drink or two.
Over the course of the next couple of hours or so, Holden spends time in bars, drinking as he criticizes those around him as phony or just plain stupid. The next day he decides to buzz up an old acquaintance, Sally Hayes, and go on a date with her. He didn’t really like her much, but he thought she was pretty, so he gave her a chance. He then wandered around until it was time for their date, but ultimately made her cry, although at that point he did not care much for what she felt. That same night he decides to pay his younger sister Phoebe a visit while their parents are out. He tells her about him getting kicked out of Pencey and his endeavors since then. He leaves and decides to stay the night at one of his old teacher’s house, but when he wakes up in the middle of the night and finds him petting him on the head, decides to split and spend the night at Grand Central Station.
The following day Holden came to the conclusion that he will find his way towards the west to his brother D.B., who resides there. He goes to Phoebe’s school to hand her a note and they meet at the museum on the way to their house. Phoebe shows up with Holden’s old briefcase begging to go with him, but he refuses. This infuriates her, and she does not speak to him for a while, that is until he takes her to the zoo and then the carousel in Central Park. It is there where he decides to stay in New York for the sake of his sister and the story ends.
Holden naturally plays a key role in the story, not only as the narrator, but the main character as well. Holden is just like your typical teenager, or stereotypical teenager, depending on how you look at it. He struggles from a sense of hopelessness, as he wanders the city with no place where he feels he belongs, both physically and metaphorically. We get the chance to see the actual struggles of our youth through the eyes from which they originate. You can tell he is a kid by the way he writes, but the...

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