D. Salinger 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye '

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J. D. Salinger 's novel is often called, " . . . the forbidden fruit in the garden of literature" ("The Catcher" 116). J. D. Salinger is a writer from the 1950s, a time where literature has questioned the ideas of traditions placed in a community. Through his life and through his characters Holden Caulfield and Phoebe Caulfield in the 1950s realistic fictional bildungsroman The Catcher in the Rye, the postmodernist author J. D. Salinger focuses on the theme of self isolation in society in order to create independent opinions. J.D. Salinger was born on January 1, 1919, in New York City. He was raised in a wealthy family and used his financial background as an inspiration for Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye ("The Catcher" 117). Also throughout the novel, he showed his conflicting religious view points because Salinger 's father Sol Salinger was a Jewish ham and cheese importer, and his mother Miriam Jillich Salinger was an Irish Christian (Blackstock 1,798). Salinger also had an older sister named Doris (Miller 551). Even though Salinger had a rich family, he did not have a stable educational experience. Early in life, he had a public school education (Blackstock 1,798). Later, he flunked out of numerous prep schools, one including the famous McBurney School ("The Catcher" 117). He ended up going to Valley Forge Military Academy in 1934, wrote his first stories as a yearbook editor, graduated in 1936, and later used the school to become the model for…
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