Holden Caulfield's The Catcher In The Rye

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Holden Caulfield writes his story from a rest home to which he has been sent for therapy. He refuses to talk about his early life, mentioning only that his brother D. B. is a Hollywood. He then begins to tell the story of his breakdown, beginning with his departure from Pencey Prep. Holden’s career at Pencey Prep has ended due to his refusal to apply himself, and after failing four of his five subjects—he passed only English—he has been forbidden to return to the school after the fall term. The Saturday before Christmas vacation begins, Holden stands on Thomsen Hill overlooking the football field, where Pencey plays its annual grudge match against Saxon Hall. Holden has no interest in the game and hadn’t planned to watch it at all. He is the…show more content…
When it was discovered that both mal and Ackley have seen the movie they ditched their original plan and went to get dinner. When back at pence Holden used homework as an excuse to kick ackey out of his room, once he was out Holden wrote the descriptive composition stradlater referred to. When confronted with writer’s block Holden grabbed out a baseball mite which was previously owned by his deceased brother allie. He lost a battle to leukemia years prior. He used the inspiration to write the composition Following writing the composition stradlater approaches Holden in an angry manner as he did not write a proper description. In retaliation Holden smoked inside of the bedroom which lead to a fight between the two which left Holden with a bloody nose. Holden interrupted Ackley sleep to ask whether he can sleep in ackleys roommates bed as he was out of town, even though the answer was not yes, he did it anyway. After not begging able to sleep he tormented Ackley about his religion, and then took off and left Pencey with his bag days before he was supposed to for his…show more content…
He flirts and dances with three women who are older than he is. They seem amused but uninterested. After tolerating him for a while, they begin to laugh at him. When Holden lies to one of them about having just seen Gary Cooper, she tells the other two that she caught a glimpse of Gary Cooper as well. Holden pays for their drinks, then leaves the Lavender Room. He began to recall the summer home where he meets Jan and the incident on the porch. The incident was in regards to Jan’s stepfather asking her for cigarette and her ignoring his requests and once was gone she began to so. Holden hales a cab to take him to a nightclub called Ernie’s. His cab driver is named Horwitz. But when Holden tries to ask him about the ducks in the Central Park lagoon, Horwitz unexpectedly becomes angry. At Ernie’s, Holden listens to Ernie play the piano but is unimpressed. He takes a table, drinks Scotch and soda, and listens to the conversations around him, which he finds depressing and phony. He encounters an obnoxious girl named Lillian Simmons, whom D. B. used to date, and is forced to leave the nightclub to get away from
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