Essay about Book Analysis : The Catcher Of The Rye

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Book Analysis: The Catcher in the Rye

The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a tale told by the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. The story is set in the 1950s and adolescent Holden reflects on the events that lead him to end up in a mental hospital. Holden begins the story with how he failed out of his fourth school, Pencey Prep. He recalls some of the experiences at the school and shares about his brother dying of leukemia and how he was an innocent child. Holden then travels to New York and meets various people along the way. He comes off as judgmental and labels many people as “phonies” even though he also has some “phony” characteristics. He also becomes obsessed with where the ducks go in central park when the lagoon freezes. Holden mentions a second death about a schoolmate who committed suicide by jumping out of a window. While encountering other adventures and avoiding going home, Holden sneaks into his own apartment to wake up his sister, Phoebe. During this time, Holden tells Phoebe about being the catcher in the rye. He explains it as a person who catches the young children before they fall of a cliff. Although he has falsely remembered the poem, this is where the title comes from. Holden eventually decides to flee leave home for good. Holden brings the narrative to a close and to his current timing. He narrates that he is not going to tell the story of how he went home and got sick.
This book is autobiographical in a sense because Post Traumatic…

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