An Analysis Of Holden Caulfield 's ' The Rye '

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Summary

The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he’s telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital. The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is sixteen years old.

The story begins by telling about Holden’s background. He was currently at his fourth boarding school, Pencey prep school. He already flunked out of the other three. At Pencey, he flunked four out of five of his classes, and has been notified that he is being expelled, but not scheduled to return home in Manhattan until Wednesday. Holden decides to visit his old history teacher, Spencer, to say his goodbyes, but quickly regrets it when Spencer talked about Holden’s poor academic performance the entire time. He becomes quickly annoyed and makes an excuse to leave his office.

After Holden gets back to his dormitory, he gets irritated by his disgusting neighbor Ackley, and by his roommate Stradlater. After Stradlater announced he was going on a date with Jane Gallagher, a girl that Holden used to date and he still loves, he asked Holden to write a composition for him. Holden writes it, but it isn’t on the topic that Stradlater asked for. As the evening went on, he became more and more nervous about Stradlater’s date. When he returned, Holden bombarded him with questions about the…
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