Catcher In The Rye Quest Essay
The quester: Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old teenager who struggles in school, is sexually frustrated, and comes off very depressing from being effected from death of his brother, Allie.
A place to go: in order for Holden to go home, he must leave Pennsylvania, where Pencey Prep is located and stay around New York city for a few days living on his own. Holden cannot go home until the following Wednesday after he has been expelled from Pencey Prep on Saturday, …show more content…
Along his way home he is affected by an internal conflict within his own mind. He has a very depressing spirit and judgemental mentality that seems to be caused by the death of his brother, Allie. Throughout the couple of days living by himself, he endures a life of what seems like adulthood where he realizes he no longer is a kid and has lost all innocence. He visits bars underaged, he offers to pay a prostitute that came to his hotel room, but he couldn’t go through with his plan. Holden realizes his trouble to create relationships with others as he encounters many different people throughout New York City. He also struggles to find places to stay throughout his journey and eventually goes to an old english teacher to stay the night, but eventually is freaked out by his teacher stroking his forehead in his sleep and leaves during the night. After a long couple of days, he decides he must leave the city on his own , but wants to see his little sister, Phoebe, before he leaves, who is very upset he wouldn’t let her leave with him. After seeing her extremely happy on a carousel, Holden has a mini-breakdown and begins to cry. He comes around to another realization that everyone has to grow up at some point and he is starting to reach a point in life where he is noticing his maturity