The Theme Of Catcher In The Rye

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1.The Catcher in the rye starts off with the protagonist, Holden caulfield, a 16 year old boy from a well off family, saying that he is in a place taking it easy after becoming “pretty run down” following events that occurred after the previous christmas. He begins the story around christmas time where, After failing four out of five of his classes he is expelled from Pencey Prep. His roommate stradlater goes on a date with jane gallagher, a girl who holden used to date. When he returns from his date with Jane, Holden questions Stradlater who then teases him about his interest in her. This results in a fight which lands Holden a bloody nose. Now deciding he is done with Pencey he decides to go to Manhattan three days early without telling his …show more content…
The theme of the catcher in the rye is that growing up is hard. Holden doesn 't want to grow up. He doesn 't want change. Holden says that he loves the museum so much because nothing changes. “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move…. Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.”(chpt. 16.). Holden doesn 't want things to change and secretly fears growing up. Holden proves this theme by saying that “certain things should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases just leave them alone.” (chpt. 16.). This shows holden thinks that you should be able to hold onto some things and keep them the way they are …show more content…
Holden wants to please phoebe as her older brother and believes she is wonderful at basically everything she does. She hits a nerve when she points out that holden “doesn 't like a million things”(chpt 12). Three adjectives that i would use to describe phoebe would be wise, talented, and stubborn.

Mr. Antolini(flat) sort of attempts to reach an understanding with holden. He is a very kind and generous person who allows holden to come stay the night on a very short notice in chapter twenty-four. He tells holden in chapter twenty-four that once he gets his stuff together his first move will be to start applying himself. Three adjectives i would use to describe Mr antolini would be generous, understanding, and human.

7. The setting of the story is mainly new york city 's nightlife. Holden 's size and grey hair allows him to explore certain aspects of life where a minor would not be able to. Holden at one point tells the elevator lady that he is

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