The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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The Catcher in the Rye is a popular novel written by J.D. Salinger. Published in 1951, the book was originally written for adults, but it is now remembered and adored by people from all parts of the world and people from all walks of life – especially by teenagers – a likely effect that was only inevitable considering the center stage of the narrator the great crumby flake Holden Caulfield, to use his style of speaking, who accurately portrayed teenage angst and loneliness in a style that many youngsters could and do relate to.1 The book is about his quest to find himself after being threatened with expulsion at the expensive prep school that he attends. Selling millions upon millions of copies and inspiring all sorts of people from…show more content…
But it isn’t easy to determine the length of this double standard because of the scarcity of good, honest conversations and discussions about and with other men and boys throughout the book. Caulfield’s trials and tribulations have a heavy emphasis on women and girls, so that is why much of the info on this lens naturally lens towards discussions on feminine social standards from his perspective. There are many women and girls that Holden Caulfield talks about, talks to, and thinks about throughout the novel. For further analysis on his relationships with them, they can be divided into three categories: figures of authority, lovers, and family. Caulfield’s own mother would have been the character of choice for the first category, but since there is a scarce amount of conversation with her we’ll have to default to the next most talkative female authority figure: the mother of a fellow classmate named Ernest Morrow. He met the woman on a commuter rail heading to New York from Caulfield’s school dorm in Pencey Prep in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. She initiated a conversation with him after she noticed a school sticker on one of his suitcases. They mostly discussed about the school and about Ernest Morrow’s personality and behavior, and of course the usual motherly inquiry of whether or not they were friends. Although Caulfield ended up giving his name as a non-existent Rudolf Schmidt, the key thing to point out was that this six-page talk
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