How To Write An Essay On The Catcher In The Rye Man Vs Society

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Catcher in the Rye Catcher in the Rye is a novel written in 1951 by J.D. Salinger. J.D. Salinger was an American novelist who is widely known for writing Catcher in the Rye. I know of a quote from him, which I really think is inspiring. “An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.” This says a lot about his writing, because it certainly isn’t like anyone else’s! As an artist, his author’s craft was perfect according to his guidelines, so he didn’t need to be compared to other writers. J.D. Salinger wrote other books like Franny and Zooey and A Perfect Day for Bananafish, though I have not read them. His other stories go mainly unnoticed because of the attention centered on Catcher in the Rye. The story takes place in New York in the late 1940s at Pencey Prep School and New York City. The main character, Holden Caulfield, tells the story while in California. An interesting note here is that the story takes place in only three days, from Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon, even though it seems much longer. The…show more content…
There are instances of Man vs Man, Man vs Self, and Man vs Society found in the story. There was an instance of Man vs Man where Stradlater and Holden got in a fight over a date with Jane Gallagher and a composition Holden had written. Man vs Self occurred frequently throughout the novel, however a memorable instance was when Holden felt guilty about Allie’s death, and how he treated Allie. The story has many sub-plots, and focusses less on one large plot. It could be said, however, that the main conflict was Holden isolating himself from his family and his schoolmates. Holden wants to be treated as an adult and have adult experiences (like sex), but is caught up in the memories of his childhood and repeatedly rejects the adult world. In this case, the rising action would be trying and failing to connect with the adults he
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