Catcher in the Rye Setting Analysis

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Catcher Setting Response
The 1950’s were a decade of great change in various ways. For example the American minorities, the women, and other outspoken ethnic and other groups of society, decided to stand up and fight for their rights. The Great War had ended, and men were coming back home. As this happened the demand for economic homes increased, and families began having children due to the economical stability and prosperity in which the United States of America was amidst. The nationwide home demand gave birth to one of the most comfortable and affordable ways of living: The suburban home. These neighborhoods were planned for young middle-upper class families who wanted to have, or already had children. These families were living the
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On the other hand there is the whole civil rights movements and the Pop culture. Both which were completely different to what the American society was used to. It might be accurate to say that the heart of the pop culture movement was the City of New York. In his time of Solitude Holden had the opportunity to experience the nightlife and culture of the city; here he could explore himself and his feelings towards life, the world and society. Holden became a sort of a “philosophical” thinker due to the things he saw and felt he planted some moral dilemmas in front of him that he preferred to resolve on his own. Sunny’s encounter with Holden, more than merely a sexual encounter, was the opportunity for Holden to demonstrate to himself that he was able to do things on his own, since he was afraid of growing up he was trying to stay a teen as long as he could. The environment was fundamental to his mental formation.
Just as J.D Salinger, Holden’s socioeconomic background was at least middle-upper class (even though many of Holden’s actions and what he says demonstrates he belonged to the high-class) Holden struggled with family and class expectations. His family and culture expect for him to be reasonably successful at the prestigious High school to which he belonged, and then, after he was done with it move on to an Ivy League school. Holden’s problem is that he is incapable of seeing himself in that role, so he
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