The Catcher in the Rye PDF – Overview
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951. It was originally intended for adults but is often read by adolescents for its themes of angst, alienation, and as a critique on superficiality in society. It has been translated widely.
About one million copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than 65 million books.The novel’s protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, connection, sex, and depression.
The Catcher in the Rye
Here is some information about the plot of The Catcher in the Rye.
Holden Caulfield, a depressed 17-year-old, lives in an unspecified institution in California after the end of World War II. After his discharge within a month, he intends to go live with his brother D.B., an author and war veteran with whom Holden is angry for becoming a Hollywood screenwriter.
Holden recalls the events of a single night during the previous Christmas, beginning at Pencey Preparatory Academy, a boarding school in Pennsylvania. Holden has just learned that he won’t be allowed back at Pencey after the Christmas break because he had failed all classes except English.
After forfeiting a fencing match in New York by forgetting the equipment on the subway, he says goodbye to his history teacher, Mr. Spencer, who is a well-meaning but long-winded old man. Spencer offers him advice and simultaneously embarrasses Holden by criticizing his history exam.
Back at his dorm, Holden’s dorm neighbor, Robert Ackley, who is unpopular among his peers, disturbs Holden with his impolite questioning and mannerisms. Holden, who feels sorry for Ackley, tolerates his presence.
Later, Holden agrees to write an English composition for his roommate, Ward Stradlater, who is leaving for a date. Holden and Stradlater normally hang out well together, and Holden admires Stradlater’s physique. He is distressed to learn that Stradlater’s date is Jane Gallagher, with whom Holden was infatuated and feels the need to protect.
That night, Holden decides to go to a Cary Grant comedy with Mal Brossard and Ackley. Since Ackley and Mal had already seen the film, they end up just playing pinball and returning to Pencey.
When Stradlater returns hours later, he fails to appreciate the deeply personal composition Holden wrote for him about the baseball glove of Holden’s late brother Allie who died from leukemia a few years prior and refuses to say whether he slept with Jane. Enraged, Holden punches him, and Stradlater easily wins the fight.
When Holden continues insulting him, Stradlater leaves him lying on the floor with a bloody nose. Holden goes to the room of Ackley, who is already asleep, and doesn’t give him any attention. Fed up with the “phonies” at Pencey Prep, Holden decides to leave Pencey early and catches a train to New York.
Holden intends to stay away from his home until Wednesday when his parents would have received notification of his expulsion. Aboard the train, Holden meets the mother of a wealthy, obnoxious Pencey student, Ernest Morrow, and makes up nice but false stories about her son.
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