Summary Of The Book ' The Catcher Of The Rye ' By J.d. Salinger

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The book, “The Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger, showcases what life was like after the end of World War II. It shows how happy people were and that they wanted better lives after dealing with the harsh times of war. It demonstrates that people had a lot more money after an economic boom and that many had strong feelings against war. It also conveys the freedom that teenagers at this time had. Salinger does an excellent job of showing these aspects through Holden’s story. The book begins a few years after the end of World War II. It is about Holden Caulfield, a seventeen year old boy who has just been kicked out of his fourth school: “This is about the fourth school that I’ve gone to,” (13). He decides to leave school early and spend a few days in New York, avoiding his parents because they don’t know he has been kicked out again: “So what I decided to do, I decided I’d take a room in a hotel in New York - some very inexpensive hotel and all - and just take it easy till Wednesday,” (66). He spends the weekend blowing money and trying to have fun. He goes to many clubs, such as the Lavender Room, where he hangs out with some older girls: “We just danced. God could that dopey girl dance,” (93). He also calls up a girl named Sally and asks her to go out on a date with him. The two go see a show that “wasn’t as bad as some I’ve seen,” (163). Throughout the story, you learn a lot about Holden’s life at home. His parents are “quite touchy” (1). Holden’s older brother, D.B.…

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