His father, Sol Salinger, sold kosher cheese, and was from a Jewish family of Lithuanian descent,  his own father having been the rabbi for the Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Louisville, Kentucky. Then inthe family moved to Park Avenueand Salinger was enrolled at the McBurney Schoola nearby private school. Salinger started his freshman year at New York University in
The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is sixteen years old. At Pencey, he has failed four out of five of his classes and has received notice that he is being expelled, but he is not scheduled to return home to Manhattan until Wednesday.
He visits his elderly history teacher, Spencer, to say goodbye, but when Spencer tries to reprimand him for his poor academic performance, Holden becomes annoyed. Back in the dormitory, Holden is further irritated by his unhygienic neighbor, Ackley, and by his own roommate, Stradlater.
Stradlater spends the evening on a date with Jane Gallagher, a girl whom Holden used to date and whom he still admires. Stradlater teases Holden, who flies into a rage and attacks Stradlater.
Stradlater pins Holden down and bloodies his nose. On the train to New York, Holden meets the mother of one of his fellow Pencey students. When he arrives at Penn Station, he goes into a phone booth and considers calling several people, but for various reasons he decides against it.
He gets in a cab and asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park go when the lagoon freezes, but his question annoys the driver.
Holden has the cab driver take him to the Edmont Hotel, where he checks himself in. From his room at the Edmont, Holden can see into the rooms of some of the guests in the opposite wing. He observes a man putting on silk stockings, high heels, a bra, a corset, and an evening gown. After smoking a couple of cigarettes, he calls Faith Cavendish, a woman he has never met but whose number he got from an acquaintance at Princeton.
Holden thinks he remembers hearing that she used to be a stripper, and he believes he can persuade her to have sex with him.
He calls her, and though she is at first annoyed to be called at such a late hour by a complete stranger, she eventually suggests that they meet the next day.
After making some wisecracks about his age, they leave, letting him pay their entire tab. As Holden goes out to the lobby, he starts to think about Jane Gallagher and, in a flashback, recounts how he got to know her.
They met while spending a summer vacation in Maine, played golf and checkers, and held hands at the movies. One afternoon, during a game of checkers, her stepfather came onto the porch where they were playing, and when he left Jane began to cry. Again, he asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park go in the winter, and this cabbie is even more irritable than the first one.
Holden says he has to meet someone, leaves, and walks back to the Edmont. She sits on his lap and talks dirty to him, but he insists on paying her five dollars and showing her the door. Sunny returns with Maurice, who demands another five dollars from Holden. When Holden refuses to pay, Maurice punches him in the stomach and leaves him on the floor, while Sunny takes five dollars from his wallet.
Holden goes to bed. They arrange to meet for a matinee showing of a Broadway play. He eats breakfast at a sandwich bar, where he converses with two nuns about Romeo and Juliet. He gives the nuns ten dollars.
He tries to telephone Jane Gallagher, but her mother answers the phone, and he hangs up. Holden and Sally go to the play, and Holden is annoyed that Sally talks with a boy she knows from Andover afterward. They both skate poorly and decide to get a table instead.The Catcher in the Rye - An analysis of the novel.
The Catcher in the Rye is published by the American author J. D Sallinger in The story is about a teenager Holden Caufield’s turbulent last few days before his Christmas vacation. Holden Caulfield, the year-old narrator and protagonist of the novel, The Catcher in the Rye J.
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BUY! Home; Literature Notes; Character Analysis Holden Caulfield Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List. Holden Caulfield, the year-old narrator and protagonist of the novel, speaks to the reader directly.
Although similarities to Salinger's life occasionally occur throughout The Catcher in the Rye, as readers we should be careful about biographical interpretations. Writers often use personal experience as background. Holden may be a part of Salinger, but the first-person narrator should not .
Holden has complex feelings regarding women and is depicted as treating them with respect, while other times he treats them with contempt. Holden is also inexperienced in the areas of sexual. The Catcher in the Rye - Character Analysis of Holden Caufield In J.D.
Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, the main character, Holden Caufield, describes in detail the parts of his life and his environment that bother him the most. As the notoriety of The Catcher in the Rye grew, Salinger gradually withdrew from "Not even a fire that consumed at least half his home on Tuesday could smoke out the reclusive J.
Salinger, author of the classic novel of adolescent rebellion, The Catcher in JD Salinger – Daily Telegraph obituary; Obituary: JD Salinger, BBC.