Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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Zhu1 Katherine Zhu EAE 1D Ms. Sivel December 1st The Catcher in the Rye: The Pursuit of Endless Childhood The main setting of The Catcher in the Rye is New York City, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist’s hometown. He decides to wander around the city before heading home, to prevent his parents from noticing that he’s been expelled from his school. Out of all the places he visits in NYC, the two most notable ones are the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. The museum is an illusion of how Holden wishes the world was. In the novel, he says: “Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.” (Salinger 123). This shows that the Museum is a symbol of Holden’s reluctance for change, in himself and in the world. Central Park is the location where Holden goes in order to answer his question of where the ducks go in the winter. This question could represent Holden’s reluctance to grow up and how he continues to want to pursue and focus on unimportant, child-like things. The novel takes place over the course of three days, Friday to Sunday in the week before Christmas vacation in the year 1949. This is shown in Chapter 5, when Holden states that his brother, Allie, died 3 years ago, in 1946. It is near Christmas in the novel, making the weather cold and snowy. Since the story is told from a first person point of view, the mood and the atmosphere are the same. The reader feels how Holden feels which is cynical, sad and depressed. Zhu2 The protagonist

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