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"The Catcher In The Rye" By J.D. Salinger: A Summary And Closer Look At This Amazing Book

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"The Catcher in the Rye" describes the path to adulthood, and its failure, in an adolescent male. Holden Caulfield, the main character, introduces himself very abruptly, immediately demonstrating to the reader his depressed, emotional position. Holden, then describes how he is the only person not attending the football game, showing the extent that he isolates himself from society. When Holden gets to Mr. Spencer's house the reader can see that Mr. Spencer tries to help Holden do well in school, but Holden refuses to accept his help, labeling Mr. Spencer as a "phony".The most revealing scene about Holden's character is when he describes to Phoebe that he want to be a "catcher in the rye" where children are playing in a field of rye which overlooks a cliff, and when they start to go over the cliff, he must catch them. The field of rye represents childhood and a child's innocence. Holden views adulthood as falling over a cliff, he actively denotes almost every adult as being "phony". And thus Holden is protecting the children's innocence. He demonstrates this by attempting to rub off the graffiti in the school, but he realizes that he could never rub off even half of all the obscenities in the world, and he is afraid that some kid will explain it to the children and that this will corrupt their innocence. However Mr. Antolini tries to help Holden avoid a "fall" that he is headed towards. In a way Mr. Antolini is the catcher in the rye, however he...

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