Catcher In The Rye Outline

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“The Catcher in the Rye,” starts off with a sixteen year old boy, Holden, who has been expelled from prep school. Holden has three days to leave his school, but when he gets fed up with his friends he decides to leave the school early. After he leaves Pencey Prep School in Pennsylvania he decides to go back to New York. But, before he goes back home, he roams around New York City, for a few days, because he doesn't want to face his parents yet. When he gets to New York, he checks into a fancy hotel room, tries to get alcohol, and have an unsuccessful attempt to have sex. But, throughout all this he can’t seem to get his ex-girlfriend, Jane, out of his head. Next, he meets up with and old friends and confesses everything to his sister. Holden, who is getting depressed, decides to run away and leaves a note for his sister. In the end, Holden and his sister end up at the carousel and tells her he is not running away and is finally happy. “I’m always saying ‘Glad to’ve met you’ to someone I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say all that stuff, though.” Holden calls everyone a phony. He calls Pencey prep phony because they are suppose to be filled with honest and proper intellectuals, but he thinks everyone there are liars and slobs. Even the prostitute, Sunny, he hired. He believes…show more content…
That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” This passage really shows the theme of the book which is innocence. Holden heard a little boy singing a song of “The Catcher in the Rye,” and ever since he wanted to be like him. Which is a was actually a poem by Robert Burns. Holden thinks he is a protector of the innocence of children. Holden want to keep children from falling off a cliff, which in this book represents a cliff to
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