Most of the novel describes his almost manic quest for companionship as he flits from one meaningless encounter to another. Because Holden depends on his isolation to preserve his detachment from the world and to maintain a level of self-protection, he often sabotages his own attempts to end his loneliness. For example, his conversation with Carl Luce and his date with Sally Hayes are made unbearable by his rude behavior.
Plot[ edit ] Holden Caulfielda teenager, is living in an unspecified institution in Southern California near Hollywood in Caulfield intends to live with his brother D. B, an author and World War II veteran whom Holden resents for becoming a screenwriterafter his release in one month.
As he waits, Holden recalls the events of the previous Christmas. Holden begins his story at Pencey Preparatory Academy, an exclusive boarding school in Agerstown, Pennsylvaniaon the Saturday afternoon of the traditional football game with a rival school.
Holden has been expelled from Pencey due to poor work and is not to return after Christmas break, which begins the following Wednesday. He plans to return home on that day so that he will not be present when his parents receive notice of his expulsion.
After forfeiting a fencing match in New York by forgetting the equipment aboard the subway, he is invited to the home of his history teacher, Mr.
Spencer is a well-meaning but long-winded old man. Holden returns to his dorm wearing the new red hunting cap he bought in New York. His dorm neighbor Robert Ackley is one of the few students also missing the game. Ackley, unpopular among his peers, disturbs Holden with his impolite questioning and mannerisms.
Holden, who feels sorry for Ackley, tolerates his presence. Later, Holden agrees to write an English composition for his roommate, Ward Stradlater, who is leaving for a date.
Since Ackley and Mal had already seen the film, they end up just playing pinball and returning to Pencey.
Enraged, Holden punches him, and Stradlater easily wins the ensuing fight. When Holden continues insulting him after the fight, Stradlater knocks him unconscious and leaves him with a bloody nose.
Fed up with the so-called "phonies" at Pencey Prep, Holden impulsively decides to leave Pencey early, sells his typewriter to earn money, and catches a train to Penn Station in New York. Holden intends to stay away from his home in a hotel until Wednesday, when his parents would have received news of his expulsion.
Aboard the train, Holden meets the mother of a wealthy, obnoxious Pencey student named Ernest Morrow, and lies to her about himself and her son. In a taxicabHolden inquires with the driver about whether the ducks in the Central Park lagoon migrate during winter, a subject he brings up often, but the man barely responds.
Holden checks into the dilapidated Edmont Hotel. He spends an evening dancing with three tourist women from Seattle in the hotel lounge and enjoys dancing with one, though is disappointed that he is unable to hold a conversation with them.
His attitude toward the girl changes the minute she enters the room; she seems about the same age as him. Holden becomes uncomfortable with the situation, and when he tells her all he wants to do is talk, she becomes annoyed and leaves.
Even though he still paid her the right amount for her time, she returns with her pimp Maurice and demands more money. Afterwards, Holden imagines that he has been shot by Maurice, and pictures murdering him with an automatic weapon.
The next morning, Holden, becoming increasingly depressed and in need of personal connection, calls Sally Hayes, a familiar date. Although Holden claims that she is "the queen of all phonies", they agree to meet that afternoon to attend a play at the Biltmore Theater.
Holden shops for a special record"Little Shirley Beans", for his year-old sister Phoebe. He spots a small boy singing " If a body catch a body coming through the rye ", which lifts his mood.
After the play, Holden and Sally go ice skating at Rockefeller Centerwhere Holden suddenly begins ranting against society and frightens Sally. He impulsively invites Sally to run away with him that night to live in the wilderness of New Englandbut she is uninterested in his hastily conceived plan and declines.Plot Overview.
The Catcher in the Rye is set around the s 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 .
Sep 20, · 34 videos Play all The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Course Hero Paul Auster Interview: What Could Have Been - Duration: Louisiana Channel 12, views. Rather than a continuation of The Catcher in the Rye, they claimed that Colting’s book merely examines the relationship between Salinger and his fictional character, Holden Caulfield.
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Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye Words | 3 Pages. Holden vs. Will The characters Holden Caulfield, from J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and Will Hunting, from Good Will Hunting, have very similar personalities; however, they live in completely different worlds.
J.D. Salinger described his work The Catcher in the Rye as a novel about “an individual’s alienation in a heartless world.” Indeed, one of the primary themes that is highlighted throughout Holden Caulfield’s whirlwind narrative of mental breakdown is alienation.