The Catcher In The Rye Novel Review

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1. The title of this novel is The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.
2. In the novel, Holden Caulfield begins telling his story of how his career at Pencey Prep is marred by his unwillingness to apply himself, thus failing four of his five classes. However, before Holden leaves he makes sure to visit one last teacher, Mr. Spencer, who attempts to convince him to think about his future, which Holden does not appreciate. As the novel progresses, Holden invites his friends Mal, Ackley, and Brossard to go to the movies, however, they grab a bite to eat, play paintball, and head back to school. Following this event, Holden begins to write a composition assignment about a baseball glove his ...view middle of the document...

For example, Holden’s red hunting hat shows his personal uniqueness and individuality. The hat also stresses the conflict of his need for isolation and his need for companionship as he doesn’t wear it when he knows he is going to be around people he is familiar with. The ducks also represent Holden’s youth as he explores the different aspects of nature and looks for a more youthful and joyous outlook on the world.
8. Holden’s hostility and isolation from society seems to be his own way of protecting himself. He mentions to Mr. Spencer in the beginning of the novel that he is trapped on “the other side” of life. This leads Holden to make multiple endeavors to find his right “fit” in the world. Although he never really mentions his pain or his emotions, we can infer that his differences are causing the most pain, but also his source of strength. This is an implicit theme shown throughout the novel, especially when Holden is on his date with Sally Hayes, he feels the need to be isolated, causing him to affront her and pushing her away.
9. The major conflict of this novel is Holden’s center of...

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