Essay on Analysis Of John Holden Caulfield 's ' The Catcher Rye '

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Three Days in New York Holden Caulfield is a seventeen year old very depressed man. He is grieving over the death of his younger brother. Holden goes to Pencey Prep, a private school. After receiving the notice that he is getting kicked out for failing four out of his five classes, he goes to New York for three days. While there, he sneaks into his parents apartment, and enjoys seeing his little sister, Phoebe. She 's the only person in the book, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, that Holden actually trusts. Since Holden goes to a private school around the 1950s it is expected that he will act mature and do good in school and because he is different from most kids he is longing for acceptance from others. Holden, unlike most students at Pencey High, is very immature. Since he goes to a private school, it is expected that he will act mature and be responsible. He obviously did not care if he was kicked out of school or not. Although he is expected to act mature and be responsible, Holden often smokes and drinks in the dorms even though it was against the rules. Holden confirms that "You weren 't allowed to smoke in the dorms, but you could do it late at night when everybody was asleep or out and nobody could smell the smoke" ( Salinger 41). While attending Pencey, Holden physically fought with his roommate. Holden 's brother and sister are all very smart and well behaved; therefore people expected Holden to be the same. Holden fears he cannot live up to the…

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