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Catcher in the rye again

Catcher In The Rye

The Catcher in the Rye, starts off with the main character, Holden

Caulfield being expelled from school once again. Holden is a sixteen year old

boy who has been expelled on numerous occasions from other schools. This time

he is being expelled from Pency Prep. Before Holden goes home to his parents,

he plans to spend a few days in New York. His parents do not know of the

expulsion, so he spends the weekend in a hotel. Holden is a pretty strange kid

who can always find a way to get himself into trouble. Holden constantly talks

about how he hates phony people and phony words. He complains of how the head

master Thurman of Pency Prep is a phony person. Holden says he is the kind of

guy who will treat you bad, but will act polite and nice to your parents when

they visit. Holden basically decides that almost everyone he meets in his life

is a phony. He even gets disgusted with the advertisement for Pency Prep. The

picture of the horse jumping over a fence is a false image in his opinion. He

says that he has never even seen a horse on the campus. Holden is also very

curious. Of all things, he wonders where the ducks go when the pond freezes

over in the park. He loves his red hunting cap that he bought for a dollar.

The cap serves as his way to be an individual. Stradtler is his roommate and

they are fairly good friends. Stradtler is two years older than him so he is

always going out on dates and has to listen to Holden question him. One time

Stradtler goes out with one of Holden$BCT(J long time friends, Jane Gallagher,

and he has to listen to an earful from Holden. Ackley is Holden$BCT(J

neighbor and they are all right friends. Ackley is the kind of guy though who

can get on anybody$BCT(J nerves in a heart beat. Ackley and Stradtler despise

of each other and rarely talk. Ackley is very nosy and Holden does not

understand why he puts up with Ackley$BCT(J nonsense. Holden has a dead

brother Allie, an older brother D.B., who is a writer, and a younger sister

Pheobe. He does not talk much with D.B. and he really likes to $BET(Jhoot the

bull$BG(Jwith his sister. While in New York, Holden tries to get in touch

with many of his former acquaintances. He spends a couple of nights in some

night clubs and one night with a prostitute. After the night with the

prostitute, Maurice the elevator man beats Holden up pretty bad. This is the

first time that Holden has ever stood up for himself. Holden is the kind of

person who lies naturally. On a train, Holden sees his friend$BCT(J mother

and tries to impress her with vivid talk and telling lies. Holden once again

fails at becoming an adult. He does not know how to act in the (Jdult world.(J

Holden meets Sally Hayes, and takes her places, like the skating rink but all

they ever do is argue. Holden has a hard time expressing himself, and though he

loves Sally, he manages a way ruin things. He consults one of his friends Carl

Luce, who is an expert at sex, but not at love. Carl suggests that Holden under

go psychoanalysis. With too much time on his hands before he must break the

news to his parents, he has the urge to talk with Pheobe, so he sneaks into his

house. He wakes her up and they $BET(Jhoot the bull$BG(Jfor a while. In

their conversation, Holden says some really absurd things. The most absurd

thing he says is that he wants to be a catcher in the rye when he becomes older.

He wants to make sure kids do not fall over the cliff when they play. The story

ends with Holden visiting his sister$BCT(J school, and going to the museum.

At the end of the book, Holden says he wishes he never told anyone about

anything, because when one tells something to someone, one misses them. Holden

indeed missed everyone he talked to, including Maurice.



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