The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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A wife witnessed her husband being murdered. A man bullied all throughout his life. An orphaned girl lost both parents to a car accident. Traumatic experiences, such as these, impact people in many ways. Author J.D. Salinger explores how one sixteen year old boy goes through many incidents that ultimately lead him to a mental breakdown. In his novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist has close similarities with Salinger, who emphasizes the impact of psychological issues throughout the socially conservative 1950s. J.D. Salinger’s upbringing was not typical for a famous and noteworthy author. Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger was born on January 1, 1919, in New York, New York. Salinger, also known as “Sony,” was the youngest of two children (“J.D.,” Biography). His father, Sol Salinger, was the son of a rabbi, while his mother, Miriam Salinger, had a non- Jewish background. In order to marry her husband, she had to change her name from Marie to Miriam to sound more Jewish; mixed marriages where uncommon, which is why they kept her background a secret (“J.D.,” Biography). The Salingers sent their son to McBurney School, and he eventually transferred to and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1936 (“J.D.,” Biography). After his graduation, Salinger attended New York University, but decided to drop out after a year. His father wanted him to learn about the family’s cheese and meat importing business, so Salinger spent five months in Vienna, Austria working at a
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