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Teenagers and Adolescence in Catcher in the Rye

Teenagers and Adolescence in Catcher in the Rye

Teenagers throughout the century have always had trouble going through their adolescent years of their lives. The book Catcher in the Rye, is a realistic fiction and it is by J.D. Salinger. The novel was basically about a teenage male high school student who has been in and out of school for his unacceptable grades.

Most of this story takes place around New York. The Catcher in the Rye is set in the 1950s. The setting is important to the book because the only reason he is in New York was because he was expected home in a few days for Christmas break three days prior of getting kicked out of his school. Also, all of his family and friends live in New York.

The main character in this novel is Holden Caulfield. Holden is a very depressed teen. He got that way because of the horrible things that have gone on in his life and now he looks at everything negatively. The supporting Characters in this novel are Stradlater (roommate), Ackley (friend), and Phoebe (his sister). The miner characters were Jane Gallagher, Spencer, Luce, and Mr. Antolini. The character of Holden never changed but he ended up in a sanitarium. I feel that no other characters have changed. I liked all the characters cause basically they all had very different personalities.

Holden Caulfield narrated a past tense story about the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas when he was sixteen years old to a medical doctor. His long story begins on a Saturday when he gets kicked out of Pencey Prep High School in Angerstown, Pennsylvania. He is not scheduled to be home to Manhattan till Wednesday. Holden decides that he has had enough of Pencey after him and his roommate Stradlater gets in a fight. He then decides that he is going to back to Manhattan three days early, stay in a hotel, and not tell him parents that he is back. Holden goes to New York by train and then takes a cab to Edmond Hotel where he checks himself in. He goes to the bar Lavender Room at his hotel. Holden leaves Edmond and takes a cab to Ernie’s Jazz club in Greenwich Village then leaves and walks back to Edmond. He talks to the elevator guy back...

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