Previously in The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield introduces himself to the reader and, from a California hospital, shares the events of his previous winter that led him here. Holden's story shifts back to the rest home, where he now wishes he hadn't told so many people his story, because it only makes him miss the people he tells about. Archived from on February 25, 2008. Holden has been expelled from Pencey due to poor work and is not to return after Christmas break, which begins the following Wednesday. Salinger has done his part to enhance this mystique. Spencer, before he the narrator leaves the school.
He stereotypes the adult world to be corrupt and the child world to be heaven like. Spencer, one of his teachers, at Mr. She sits on his lap and talks dirty to him, but he insists on paying her five dollars and showing her the door. Holden intends to move out west, and relays these plans to his sister, who decides she wants to go with him. After the play, Holden and Sally go ice skating at , where Holden suddenly begins ranting against society and frightens Sally. Then, to reinforce the point that Holden was totally disengaged in the class, he reads Holden's essay out loud.
There is flow in the seemingly disjointed ideas and episodes; for example, as Holden sits in a chair in his dorm, minor events, such as picking up a book or looking at a table, unfold into discussions about experiences. At Pencey, he has failed four out of five of his classes and has received notice that he is being expelled, but he is not scheduled to return home to Manhattan until Wednesday. Holden listens, but is too tired and falls asleep. Maurice punches Holden in the stomach while she takes another five dollars. The Catcher in the Rye.
This story forms the basis for his narrative. Neither a child nor a grownup, Holden resists maturation, a process he sees as characterized by loss rather than growth. He leaves almost immediately after he arrives, because he sees , one of D. The literary point of view is first-person singular, unique to Holden but easily accessible to the rebels, romantics, innocents, and dreamers of any generation. GradeSaver, 30 September 2009 Web.
Following an unpromising visit to Ernie's Nightclub in , Holden becomes preoccupied with his internal angst and agrees to have a named Sunny visit his room. A letter written by Salinger in 1957 revealed that he was open to an adaptation of The Catcher in the Rye released after his death. When Phoebe arrives, she is carrying a suitcase full of clothes, and she asks Holden to take her with him. They met while spending a summer vacation in Maine, played golf and checkers, and held hands at the movies. Phoebe does in fact appear to be the greatest girl in the world.
Confused and uncertain, he leaves and spends the rest of the night in a waiting room at , where he sinks further into despair and expresses regret over leaving Mr. Pencey is an annoying, snobby East-coast prep school in Pennsylvania. Buuut… our narrator doesn't feel like watching the game shock! He becomes increasingly distraught and delusional, believing that he will die every time he crosses the street. Holden says he has to meet someone, leaves, and walks back to the Edmont. Sunny and Maurice soon return, however, and demand the extra five dollars. It seems he is 1 the manager of the fencing team, and 2 the guy who, earlier this Saturday, left all the fencing equipment on the subway.
There is no faster or easier way to learn the summaries of this novel. Archived from on September 28, 2009. When he tries to explain why he hates school, she accuses him of not liking anything. He refuses to relate what happened next and how he got sick. Antolini, who tells Holden he can come to his apartment. He is crying over simple reasons, and he cannot control it. His emotional breakdowns continue to get stronger as his character progresses.
As he waits, Holden recalls the events of the previous Christmas. More specifically, the composition is about Allie's left-handed baseball mitt, which had poems written all over it in green ink so that Allie would have something to read while out in the field. After leaving his parents' apartment, Holden then drops by to see his old English teacher, Mr. Holden may be a part of Salinger, but the first-person narrator should not be confused with the author. One afternoon, during a game of checkers, her stepfather came onto the porch where they were playing, and when he left Jane began to cry.
Aboard the train, Holden meets the mother of a wealthy, obnoxious Pencey student named Ernest Morrow, and lies to her about himself and her son. Antolini asks Holden about his expulsion and tries to counsel him about his future. They talk about how depressed Holden is, and he says all he wants to do with his life is be the catcher in the rye—if there were a bunch of children playing in a field of rye next to a big cliff, he'd be the guy to catch them before they go off the edge. Magill's Survey of American Literature. His confusion is so substantial that it leads to depression, lack of judgment, and a false adoration of childhood innocence. In addition, scholars often compare Pencey Prep to Valley Forge Military Academy, which Salinger attended from the ages of 15 to 17.