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The Catcher in the Rye


of Lecturer June The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is the story of a sixteen year oldteenage boy as narrated by the boy himself. Holden Caulfield is the 16- year-old boy that tells the story of his academic failure in his third private boarding school. Holden Caulfield narrates his story as he flunked out of the boarding school and ran away to his hometown, New York City. Due to Holden’s inability to cope with his academics in school, he could not remain in school till the end of the term and as a result, he had to abscond.
Most of the contents of the novel are the tragic and strangely hilarious account of Holden’s experience in New York, most especially his ordeals in Manhattan. He moves aimlessly in the city for about two days. Rather than go to his parents in New York, Holden decided to roam about the streets of Manhattan and his experience is not in any way desirable. One of Holden’s misadventures in Manhattan was his disenchanting encounters with two nuns. Holden also had disillusioning encounters with his old girlfriend, a harlot named Sunny, his charming former schoolmate and his compassionate former teacher.
Holden’s search for truth and innocence actually turned out to be his undoing as he eventually collapsed on a psychiatrist’s couch. The only thing that made Holden to have the thought of returning home was the affection he had for his younger sister, Phoebe. It was the fondness that Holden had for his ten-year-old sister that made him to return home eventually. (Salinger).
Due to the great work that was done on The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, it received several critical acclaim. It is highly recommended for all college students as it tells them that they should not make attempts to rebel against authorities. The novel teaches readers that they should always try to get the best out of school and when things fall apart, the best solution is not to abscond as in the case of Holden.
Work Cited
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. Print

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