Maurice Sunny Holden considered all of them to be superficial and pretentious people. There are two instances when the symbolism plays out.
Plot[ edit ] Holden Caulfielda teenager, is living in an unspecified institution in Southern California near Hollywood in Caulfield intends to live with his brother D.
B, an author and World War II veteran whom Holden resents for becoming a screenwriterafter his release in one month. As he waits, Holden recalls the events of the previous Christmas. Holden begins his story at Pencey Preparatory Academy, an exclusive boarding school in Agerstown, Pennsylvaniaon the Saturday afternoon of the traditional football game with a rival school.
Holden has been expelled from Pencey due to poor work and is not to return after Christmas break, which begins the following Wednesday.
He plans to return home on that day so that he will not be present when his parents receive notice of his expulsion. After forfeiting a fencing match in New York by forgetting the equipment aboard the subway, he is invited to the home of his history teacher, Mr.
Spencer is a well-meaning but long-winded old man. Holden returns to his dorm wearing the new red hunting cap he bought in New York. His dorm neighbor Robert Ackley is one of the few students also missing the game.
Ackley, unpopular among his peers, disturbs Holden with his impolite questioning and mannerisms. Holden, who feels sorry for Ackley, tolerates his presence. Later, Holden agrees to write an English composition for his roommate, Ward Stradlater, who is leaving for a date.
Since Ackley and Mal had already seen the film, they end up just playing pinball and returning to Pencey.
Enraged, Holden punches him, and Stradlater easily wins the ensuing fight. When Holden continues insulting him after the fight, Stradlater knocks him unconscious and leaves him with a bloody nose. Fed up with the so-called "phonies" at Pencey Prep, Holden impulsively decides to leave Pencey early, sells his typewriter to earn money, and catches a train to Penn Station in New York.
Holden intends to stay away from his home in a hotel until Wednesday, when his parents would have received news of his expulsion. Aboard the train, Holden meets the mother of a wealthy, obnoxious Pencey student named Ernest Morrow, and lies to her about himself and her son.
In a taxicabHolden inquires with the driver about whether the ducks in the Central Park lagoon migrate during winter, a subject he brings up often, but the man barely responds. Holden checks into the dilapidated Edmont Hotel. He spends an evening dancing with three tourist women from Seattle in the hotel lounge and enjoys dancing with one, though is disappointed that he is unable to hold a conversation with them.Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown edition of The Catcher in the Rye published in Chapter 2 Quotes "Life is a game, boy.
The infamously famous The Catcher in the Rye, written by the man shrouded in mystery, JD Salinger, is one that can be found in the corner of any self-proclaimed intellectual’s graded bookshelf. The Catcher in the Rye was a book full with a lot of great imagery and a lot of thought put into it.
The book is a very easy to read, it can be read very quickly and very easy to understand. I enjoyed reading this book due to the fact that the main character Holden Caulfield is a 16 year old boy growing up/5.
The The Catcher in the Rye quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Catcher in the Rye. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below. Symbols in The Catcher in the Rye. The Catcher in the Rye: The novel's most important symbol is found in the ashio-midori.com explains to Phoebe that all he wants to be is the catcher in the rye.
He pictures himself wearing a giant mitt, ready to catch kids as they fall off a cliff while playing in the rye.
This quotation is from Holden’s conversation with Spencer in Chapter 2. His former teacher is needling him about his failures at Pencey; at this point, he lectures Holden about .